Redundant Churches

The Redundant Church’s study was commissioned to research the number of empty churches on Anglesey.

The Redundant Church’s study was commissioned to research the number of empty churches on Anglesey and produce an options and recommendations paper on possible uses and costs for conversion into intended community or tourist facilities.

The Redundant Church study aimed to identify three redundant rural churches that had an interesting history or significant heritage value such as St Gredifael’s church In Penmynydd with its alabaster tomb and direct descendants of Henry the 8th of England and one church under threat of closing.

The researchers consulted with Anglesey communities and the Church in Wales and discussed options and barriers for future usage and what was required to protect and conserve the buildings.

The churches identified, Bodedern, Llanfaethlu and Llanrhuddlad were close to local amenities and attractions, and future options were based upon whether the communities wished to become more creative and use the church as a community facility or working with businesses to look at a duel use facilities which included:

  • A tourist accommodation pod whilst still offering religious services
  • A café and community library also offering services
  • Interpretation centres

Conclusions

  • Most of the empty churches were well maintained by the community but not in the traditional way – highlighting a need for traditional skills training
  • The favoured option to trial was an accommodation pod within a church, however this would be an expensive option and would need the support of the local
  • Communities need to be approached and consulted in a sensitive way to enable effective partnership working
  • Churches in Wales are keen to work with partners on possible solutions

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