Flintshire historic building to benefit from £1m Assembly grant

Reporter:

Matt Sims

ONE of the most significant medieval sites in North Wales is to benefit from a share of nearly £1million.

The Welsh Assembly hands out historic building grants for essential repair and restoration work at sites across Wales.

A total of 24 will get help in the latest round of funding, worth £999,124, announced by heritage minister Alun Ffred Jones.

In Flintshire the Tower, near Nercwys, will get £6,000 towards stonework repairs.

The structure is believed to have been built as far back as the late 14th century, when it served as a fortification near the Welsh border with England.

It is one of the key examples of medieval domestic architecture in the region and retains many of its original features.

Golden Grove, in Llanasa, will have its chimney and gables repaired after the award of a £3,703 grant.

The complete Elizabethan house incorporates a smaller, 17th century property and both have important interior detail from the late 16th to 17th centuries.

In Wrexham, the retaining wall at St Mary’s Church in Minera will be rebuilt and repointed thanks to £9,000 in funding.

The traditional wall surrounding the church is made of rubble stonework and is a central feature of the village’s conservation area.

Alun Ffred Jones said: “I am delighted to offer these grants for building repairs.

“They are for a wide range of historic buildings across Wales, reflecting our rich heritage.

“Funding will ensure these important properties are restored and maintained for the enjoyment of future generations.”

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