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HRH The Prince of Wales 'steps back in time' at Llancaiach Fawr

Posted on : 13 Jul 2017

HRH The Prince of Wales 'steps back in time' at Llancaiach Fawr
HRH The Prince of Wales 'steps back in time' at Llancaiach Fawr
A popular tourist attraction in the Caerphilly county borough provided a warm welcome to HRH The Prince of Wales this week  (Tuesday 11th July).
372 years after King Charles I visited the Manor during the Civil War in 1645, HRH the Prince of Wales followed in his ancestor’s footsteps to formally open the new orientation exhibition at Llancaiach Fawr.
The opening of the exhibition marks the culmination of a Heritage Lottery Fund (£943,200), Cadw (£30,000), Caerphilly County Borough Council (£65,000) and the Friends of Llancaiach Fawr (£14,000) funded project.
The project was devised to improve the interpretation of the Manor by completing the period feel of the interiors, creating the servants’ quarters in the attics, building an accessible staircase tower and creating a new, bilingual exhibition to tell the wider story of 4000+years of occupation on the site.
The Visitor Centre exhibition introduces visitors to the Prichard Family, the estate and the background to the Civil War using traditional and modern techniques including portraits of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell discussing how the war started, an interactive touch table with games for younger visitors and an archive of documents for history buffs.
HRH the Prince of Wales was introduced to the staff and specialist team who created the new exhibition and met his ancestor in the person of Mark Wallis of ‘Past Pleasures’ who portrays Charles I annually at the Manor on Kings Day in August.
During a brief tour of the Manor HRH the Prince of Wales was taken back to 1645 by the servants who regaled him with tales of their lives living in the Colonel’s household. He met the architect and builder of the staircase tower and had the opportunity to discuss the importance of keeping historic buildings in use with Sally Edwards, committee member of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales. The visit ended with a tour of the period gardens at Llancaiach, including the kitchen and physic gardens and the orchard of historic apple trees.
The Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr John Bevan said, “We were delighted to get the opportunity to host a visit by His Royal Highness and I’m sure he was fascinated to experience a taste of what life was like back in the 17th Century. We are very lucky in that our county borough boasts a rich history and heritage and this visit will help showcase one of the best visitor attractions in South Wales.”
Diane Walker, General Manager of Llancaiach Fawr and Project Leader for the building conservation works and new exhibition said, “It has been wonderful to share this beautiful and fascinating place with HRH the Prince of Wales and it has been an honour that he has opened our new exhibition. The staff here and the project team have worked so hard to create an experience that we are very proud of and we look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to see what we have achieved”.
Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, added: “The manor is of key importance both to Caerphilly and Wales, and thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to protect this important piece of history for future generations.
“Llancaiach Fawr’s restoration has also been an important project for the community, as it is one of the key tourist attractions in the area. Lottery players’ money has meant that servant’s quarters can be opened to the public for the very first time, helping visitors get a sense of what it was really like in 1645 by presenting the building’s story in an unusual way and making its history engaging for everyone.”

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