Help Powis take the next step
In January 2015 we launched an urgent appeal to help save the crumbling East Front of Powis Castle. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’ve now been able to start the renovation.
Since the appeal, we’ve been putting further preparations in place for the vital work that will restore the grand entrance to its former glory.
Work has already begun to restore and replace the broken steps of the East Front. We’ll also be installing drainage to help prevent damp causing similar damage in the future as well as repairing the stonework, terrace and broken balustrade.
Once work is completed, visitors will again have the opportunity to walk up the grand main steps, stop on the terrace and enjoy the spectacular views over the Breidden Hills before entering the Castle – for the first time since it came into the National Trust’s care in 1952.
Your gifts have unexpected benefits too
During the preparations for the renovation work, we gave access to the site to a team from the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. They uncovered the remains of a building which seems to pre-date the earliest known plans of Powis Castle, dating from 1629.
They unearthed what is believed to be a fourteenth-century tower – a revealing find that’s helped us piece together more of the castle’s dramatic past.
The work on the East Front was understandably put on hold while experts took full stock of the exciting discovery. Made of sandstone and still containing fragments of Medieval floor tiles, the building is thought to have been destroyed during an attack on the castle in 1644.
Help Powis Castle take the next steps
With the restoration well underway to restore the East Front we’re now turning our attention inside to make the Grand Staircase safe. The staircase is one of most striking features inside the castle, ornately carved and surrounded by fine artworks. Although it doesn’t look like it needs repairing, it’s not safe to walk on as it has never been properly secured to the wall.
From the intricate leaf carvings at the base of each spindle to the vast Baroque painting overhead, the Grand Staircase lives up to its name in every way. We want visitors to be able to walk beyond the East Front up to the half landing and possibly even all the way to the upper level, something we’ve been unable to share with visitors since the building was donated to the National Trust in 1952.
Donations through membership will cover some of the costs. But we need to raise an extra £150,000 to pay for the initial investigations into the structure and then the repair work itself. This will allow us to open it to visitors for the very first time.
Your donation, however large or small, will help to save an exquisite piece of history. So that future visitors can experience even more of this unique Welsh treasure.