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Restoration to Give Chapel New Role

The Garrison Chapel before the restoration work started... and as it is today.

An historic Pembroke Dock Chapel is to have a new role following the completion of vital restoration work.

The Garrison Chapel in the town's former Royal Naval Dockyard once played a key role in the life of the 19th century town.

Now, following the completion of work on an extension to the building, it is planned that the Chapel will play a new, equally important role, in the future of the town as a heritage centre run by the Sunderland Trust.

The work, which includes a new service block and heating system,  has been carried out by Pembrokeshire County Council supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

It follows an earlier full restoration of the historic building.

Councillor David Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism and Communities, said he was delighted.

"This will secure the future of this important heritage building and open up new opportunities for Pembroke Dock," he said.

"It will enable this wonderful building to once again play a key role in the future of the town."

Situated at the entrance to the former Royal Naval Dockyard the Garrison Chapel was designed by architect George Ledwell and built in 1830-32.

The Grade II listed building is the only remaining Georgian Classical Church in South Wales.

After suffering years of deterioration the building was due to be the subject of a compulsory purchase order before its private owner agreed to sell it to Pembrokeshire County Council.

Together with Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw, the ERDF has invested £1 million in restoring the chapel, whose  restoration is the cornerstone of Pembrokeshire County Council's Pembroke Dock Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The £3.2m EU-backed scheme has seen improvements carried out both internally and externally to properties throughout Pembroke Dock and Pembroke.

The scheme aims to revitalise the towns by restoring their heritage and making them more attractive to investors, shoppers and visitors.

The new extension to the Chapel includes a service block - with a link to the main building - which contains new toilets and a kitchen as well as a productive space for meeting rooms, offices and room for storage. A new heating system has also been installed.

Plans are now underway to turn the Chapel into a major Heritage Centre for the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust in which it will have an educational, community and skills training role.

It's hoped that in its new role the restored Chapel will attract over 50,000 additional visitors to Pembroke Dock, within five years of its launch.

 

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The Garrison Chapel before the restoration work started... and as it is today.

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