Saving History; Twelve Celebrated Welsh Buildings Get Cash Boost

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Byline: ERYL CRUMP

SOME of Wales' most historic buildings will be revamped thanks to a Welsh Assembly cash boost.

Twelve noteworthy buildings will share pounds 215, 000. The grants, ranging from pounds 2, 400 to pounds 45, 000, will help fund essential repairs and restoration work.

Fort Belan, at Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, was given pounds 25, 500 to repair a collapsed section of the coastal fortification.

A Grade I listed building, it was built in 1775 by Thomas Wynn, then MP for Caernarfonshire, and later to become Lord Newborough.

He was concerned about the vulnerability of Britain's coastline, particularly during the American War of Independence.

Gwastad Gwrda, a 17th Century house at Abermeurig, Ceredigion, receives pounds 45, 000 grant to help restore the property.

The Old Rectory, at Erbistock, Wrexham, received pounds 13, 250 to restore the building and carry out repairs to its exterior. Dating back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the threestorey building retains much of its original character.

Toe Newydd, a 17th century farmhouse in Llansilin, near Oswestry, was given pounds 34, 500 towards repairs. And pounds 3, 250 will help pay for external repairs to the doors, window and railings of 5 Raglan Street. …