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Historic church in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil to be restored and turned into flats

Historic church in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil to be restored and turned into flats

It looks like investor Mr Max Williams, with whom we originally met few years ago, is a step closer to bring his plans to live. The Grade II listed building is to be converted into 20 flats, plans of which we were able to see and advise on few years ago. The works on the church are due to start as soon as July this year. 

The news that Mr Max Williams plans to restore the derelict building will come to fruition has been welcomed by the councillors and local communities. 

The church itself closed in 1997 after 170 years of holding services and has strong links to Dowlais Iron Works, which in 19th century was one of the biggest iron producers in the world. The owner of the Iron Works, John Josiah Guest, has paid for the church to be constructed and the church houses his tomb. 

Mr Williams’ plans will preserve tomb's memorial plaque, the chancel steps, a memorial mural and pulpit and they will be retained for the public to view.

It’s worth noting that there are plans to build 450 houses on the old Dowlais Ironworks.