Plas Gunter Mansion – Dr. Gill Wakley
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Plas Gunter Mansion was built in the early 17th century by Thomas Gunter on land previously belonging to St Mary Priory. The area had been bought by his grandfather at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. It appears today as an unobtrusive part of the rows of shops lining the A40 coming from the bus station to Abergavenny market.

It played a pivotal role in the maintenance of the Catholic religion in this area of Wales, with Thomas Gunter 1 and Thomas Gunter 11 supporting Catholic priests throughout the 17th century and providing a venue for Catholic worship. The house is closely associated with the last Welsh Martyrs St David Lewis and Phillip Evans and has a rare Catholic chapel in the top floor, lost from sight for many years until its rediscovery in 1907.

The talk explores the features of the house including the evidence for its date and looks at some of the people who were involved with the house over the years. The house is in a very poor state of repair and the upper floors are dangerous to access currently. The Trust is applying for a Heritage Lottery Grant to restore the building and give it a future. Dr Gill Wakley is lead Trustee on the history of the house and the past chair of the Abergavenny Local History Society.

DETAILS

Date:

Tue 20 Feb 2024

Time:

2:30pm - 4:00pm
VENUE
Bridges Centre, Drybridge Park, Monmouth NP25 5AS
ORGANISER

Accessibility at Bridges Centre

Members’ monthly meetings are held at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park. Some group meetings and activities also take place at Bridges. Off street parking is available here outside the building, and disabled parking is adjacent to the building entrance. There are no external steps or slopes, and the entrance doors are automatic. The ground floor is fully accessible and level throughout, and there is space for wheelchairs. There is a lift to the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors. There is a hearing induction system in the Agincourt room where the monthly meetings are held.

Accessibility at Ty Price

Some group activities and meetings are held at Ty Price, St Thomas Community Hall, St Thomas’s Square. There is no off street parking here. The approach on foot is a gentle slope to double entrance doors. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. The stairs to the first floor are wide and well-lit with a handrail on both sides, but there is no lift. There is a hearing induction system on the ground floor.