Intense structural work
Llwyn Celyn’s restoration took almost three years on site, and required the full range of professional and traditional craft skills. A structural engineer played an essential role: dropped roof trusses were winched back into place and foundations underpinned.
Walls were consolidated not just by stone repairs and repointing in lime mortar, but also by drilling to insert countless invisible Cintec ties. Extensive drainage works were carried out, to allow water runoff to flow more easily and harmlessly down this steep site.
The re-roofing also proved a project in its own right and a fantastic training opportunity to capture the roofers’ skill in the formation of, for example, the distinctive ‘Welsh valleys’ between roof slopes. The stone tiles were salvaged where possible, but most were too far eroded to re-use. New ones were quarried in the adjacent Olchon Valley and beautifully laid in diminishing courses. Meanwhile, skilful joiners patiently scarfed in repairs to rafters, doors and window frames.
The interest and engagement of the local community and volunteers in the Llwyn Celyn project was also a distinctive feature, thanks again to the HLF funding. Heritage at Work weeks were held, when volunteers contributed to many aspects of work on site, and an active local history group has been formed. Artists-in-residence captured their own lasting interpretations in various media. Not only has Llwyn Celyn been saved for anyone to experience living in for a while, we also hope its restoration will generate lasting to benefit to the valley where it sits.
You can find more information about the project's restoration here or by watching the videos below.
Supporters of Llwyn Celyn
We are hugely grateful to those who have already supported Llwyn Celyn, including:
Sir Hugo and Lady Brunner, Dr and Mrs J Bull, The Hon Elizabeth Cayzer, Mr R Eaton, Mrs F Fairbairn, Dr and Mrs J Gibbs, Mr C P Giles, Ms J Graham, Dr C Guettler, Miss J Hodgkinson, Mr and Mrs S Jordan, Professor R Mayou, Mr M Power, Mr G Ruthen and Mrs S Andrew, Mr B Sealey CBE
Patrons and other generous individuals:
Mr R Burns, Mrs M Haddow, Mr D Giles, Mr and Mrs M Gwinnell, Mr and Mrs C Hutt, Mr and Mrs G Kingston, Dr C Mitchell, Mr A Murray-Jones, Mr C Nugent, Mrs P Parker, Mr D Purcell, Mrs H Quarmby, Mr and Mrs D Quartermaine, Mr T Reid and Ms L Ambrose, Mrs P Spens, Mr Oliver Thomas, In Memory of Andrew Murray
Charitable Trusts and Statutory Grants:
The Architectural Heritage Fund, Aurelius Charitable Trust, The Viscountess Boyd Charitable Trust, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Brecon Beacons Trust, Cadw, Country Houses Foundation, The Gunter Charitable Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, John R Murray Charitable Trust, Scouloudi Foundation, ShareGift
We are also grateful to the generous Guardians, Patrons and other supporters who have chosen to remain anonymous and to everybody else who supported the appeal.