The first stage of repairs and renovations at the Master’s House of Llanfyllin’s historic Workhouse is complete. The roof is weatherproof and secure; masonry has been re-pointed and the new cupola can be seen from far and wide. Inside the fine space on the top floor, to be known as ‘The Octagon Room’ and destined for functions and conferences, is ready to view.
The occasion will be celebrated on Saturday 14 August when Paul Carter of The National Archives, a leading authority on workhouse history, will perform a ceremony. There’ll be music, displays, an art exhibition (including prints made with copper taken from the roof), open studios and more. At 10.30 a new book will be launched: a pioneering study of the workhouse’s Masters and Matrons, researched and written by local volunteers. In line with Welsh Government rules, social distancing will be observed: some activities will be outdoors and masks must be worn inside.
The Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust has completed phase one of the restoration with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust, the Garfield Weston and Foyle Foundations as well as Cadw, Powys, other funding bodies and many local donors and sponsors. A grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund will help us proceed to the next phase: internal works on the first floor.