Three Welsh buildings have just been added to a list of abandoned and derelict properties in the UK that are at risk of being forgotten about.
They are so derelict that soon it will be very challenging to save them from the brink of total demise.
The charity Save Britain’s Heritage was created in 1975 to campaign for historic buildings with part of its role being to develop, maintain and update a comprehensive ‘buildings at risk’ register.
The 50 extra properties added to the list this week, including three in Wales, aims to highlight the threats to neglected historic buildings all over the country.
The additions to the register are suggested to the charity by conservation officers and members of the public.
Liz Fuller, SAVE’s Building at Risk Officer said: “The presence on the register of these buildings shows the pressing need to protect and maintain empty buildings to prevent them falling victim to vandalism and decay.
“We are calling on potential new owners, new users, conservation professionals, local communities and all those who love historic buildings to answer this plea to save our heritage.”
Outbuilding at the Punchbowl Inn, Brecon
This charming and intriguing building is tucked away in a back street of Brecon in Powys and is grouped together with a number of other listed buildings.
Substantially built in local stone rubble, laid with dressed stone quoins and a slate roof, it is described as an outbuilding to the Punchbowl Inn opposite and is full of visual character.
It has clearly performed a role as a storage place and perhaps a warehouse, as the iron crane on one of the upper floors and the loft doors at various levels both indicate.
At present, it is believed by the charity to be disused and needs a new use to ensure its survival.
Country woodland retreat, Llandysul
Nestled into a wooded area along a country lane is a house that looks rather sad and lonely but could become a new owner’s beautiful rural retreat.
Yes, it’s a major renovation project but you can change the house if you have the skills, budget and patience but what you can’t change is the gorgeous location and surroundings that come with the sale of the house, and why would you even want to?
Set in beautiful Ceredigion countryside near the River Teify, this was once the estate manager’s house for the Llysnewydd/ Llanarchaeron Estate and was clearly constructed to impress, with a porticoed porch and two subsidiary wings set back to the sides of the main house.
Inside the house, although in some places it doesn’t even have an inside, there are the remains of a period staircase and a few fireplaces.
The space on offer is impressive and the potential is vast but the property is on the brink of being swallowed up by nature, having been open to the elements for decades.
It is believed to date from the late 18th or early 19th century but if it’s going to make it any further into the 21st century, it needs saving now.
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Currently this property with huge potential is on the market for a guide price of £79,000 via online auction with Auction House South Wales.
Bidding will open at noon on Monday, December 14 and will run until noon on Wednesday December, 16.
For further information call either one of the partner estate agents, Dia Lewis Estate Agents on 01559 363401 or Morgan & Davies on 01570 423623.
Find out more about this house and other extreme renovation projects here.
The Albert Hall, Swansea
The future for this iconic, Grade II listed historic building in Swansea is looking far brighter than for the two other properties recently added to Save Britain’s Heritage’s endangered list.
The building has recently been bought by LoftCo, a company known for transforming old, abandoned buildings and bringing them back to life.
Swansea’s Albert Hall opened in 1864 as a public assembly and concert venue known as The Music Hall with a 2,500 capacity. It had a name change to the Albert Hall in 1882.
Over the years the building welcomed many famous faces to its doors, including some of the big names in Victorian society such as Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and David Lloyd George.
After it ceased use as a music hall, it was used as a cinema and a bingo hall.
Until the recent LoftCo purchase, the building had been standing abandoned and silent since 2007.
The £7m proposal being put forward by Simon Baston, company director of LoftCo, is for the building to become a 900 capacity music venue.
In addition, sections of the property would be allocated to become flexible working spaces, apartments plus the addition of a rooftop bar.
The company has in the past done a similar renovation transformation to The Tramshed in Cardiff.
More information about LoftCo and Swansea City Council’s plans can be found here
The local council’s reaction to the proposal can be seen in this video:
Ms Fuller said: “Holding on to our heritage through the buildings that we love is essential in times of change and upheaval.
“Now more than ever, focus on preserving our historic buildings and finding them new uses can generate optimism and faith in the future.”
Hopefully these three new additions to the list will soon be enjoying a rescue mission with the outcome being their revival and existence long into the future.