Wales Cottage Holidays visitors interested in historic buildings will be pleased to learn that eight churches throughout Wales are to receive grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Some sites date back to medieval times and even to the early centuries of Christianity. A church is thought to have been in situ since the fifth century at St Illtyd’s church near Pontyclun in South Wales. In the Brecon Beacons, grants have been awarded to St Bridget’s near Talybont-on-Usk, which dates from the 9th century and has links to the Irish Church in its dedication to St Bride, and to the C11th St Peter’s near Crickhowell. While in Swansea, All Saints Church at Oystermouth dates from the C12th.
St Michael’s church in Eglwysfach in West Wales is where renowned poet R S Thomas was vicar from 1954-1967. Victorian era churches receiving funding are the Grade II listed Trinity Methodist Church at Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Pembroke and St Michael’s near Newcastle Emlyn, considered to be an exceptional example of Gothic architecture. Funding is awarded for maintenance and repairs to roofs, floors and stonework, often urgently required to restore these historic buildings and ensure their use and survival.