Following on from the restoration of the Galilee Chapel at the west end of the church, we are now developing our vision for the remainder of the building.
The interior of St Illtud’s church is blessed with several fine wall paintings, which are in need of careful conservation, and some are deteriorating. badly due to water ingress. Therefore the next phase of work will be centred stone the Tower to carry out urgent repairs and stop water entering the building and damaging the paintings. The repairs involve removing damaging cement mortar and re-pointing with historic lime based mortars; rebidding parapet copings; repairing some delaminating stones; improving poor rainwater disposal; and renewing lead flashings etc.
There is a desire to create an improved welcome for visitors by undertaking enhancements to the south porch. This will be done by raising the floor to create a level access for wheelchair users; providing glass doors to enclose the porch but will also allow a direct view into the church; introducing lighting into the porch, including some feature lighting to enhance the beautifully carved wooden frieze; limewashing the interior and creating a wooden bench seat with three individual display cabinets to improve the presentation of notices. IT is also planned to provide improved orientation for the many visitors who are drawn to St Illtud’s so when entering the west church, the visitor has a clear understanding of where they are and how to navigate the building.