Llantrisant Guildhall welcomed the Welsh Minister Lord Elis-Thomas who expressed his delight at the incredible amount of work undertaken on the £1.4million project.
The Minster for Culture, Tourism and Sport viewed the medieval court house as it undergoes a major transformation into a heritage and visitors’ centre.
At the invitation of Pontypridd Assembly Member Mick Antoniw, Lord Elis-Thomas met with members of the Guildhall Trust who have worked tirelessly during the past six years to see their project come to fruition.
Guildhall Manager Dean Powell and Trustee Martin Hooker led the Minister through the history of the project and their aspirations to create a new tourist attraction telling the remarkable story of the hilltop town.
Culture Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas said: “The Trustees and volunteers can be rightly proud of all they have achieved to date in the conservation and refurbishment of this remarkable building.
“The Guildhall is already an important civic building in the centre of Llantrisant and this scheme will help to secure its future as a major community facility. I am delighted that, through Cadw and Visit Wales, we have been able to provide grant support and look forward to seeing future plans for the building brought to fruition.”
Following a year of restoration and construction work, the Trust are raising a further £300,000 to complete the interior of the building followed by a total exhibition fit out.
As the centre of power for almost 700 years which governed an ancient borough established by a charter in 1346, the Guildhall has the opportunity to become central to the community of Llantrisant once again by boosting the local economy as it welcomes more visitors to the town and wider county borough.
Pontypridd Assembly Member Mick Antoniw added: “The Minister was clearly impressed with the work that has been completed so far and the Trust’s resourcefulness in overcoming many obstacles.
“As the local Assembly Member I will continue to give this project my full support and look forward to the completion of this important cultural and historical project.”
The final phase of fundraising of around £300,00 will allow contractors to fit ceilings, plaster and paint all the internal walls, fit the kitchen and toilets, complete the electrical, plumbing and drainage work, and install the lift, and final floor finishes
Guildhall Manager Dean Powell explained: “We were delighted to welcome Lord Elis-Thomas to the Guildhall and show him many fascinating aspects of the building and its position as the centre of power in an ancient borough.
“As a great knowledge of Welsh history, he understood the importance of the Guildhall in its historical context but also how much of a role it can play in sharing the remarkable story of Llantrisant to a wider audience.”
Llantrisant Guildhall Restoration Project is being made possible due to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw, Garfield Weston Foundation, Welsh Church Act Fund, Visit Wales, Llantrisant Community Council, Llantrisant Town Trust and public donations.
Professional support has been given by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, which also granted listed building consent for the renovation.
For further details visit www.llantrisant.net