From Cow Shed to Office
The Grade II listed Beudy at the captivating 12th century Strata Florida Abbey (Abaty Ystrad Fleur)in Pontrhydfendigaid (known locally as Bont) in Ceredigion, Mid- Wales is experiencing a significant renewal.
The 19th Century Beudy or ‘cow shed’ is the very first building that the Strata Florida Trust is renovating as part of a monumental transformation at Strata Florida, creating a vibrant visitor destination, a hub for learning, engagement and appreciation of Welsh heritage, identity, craft and culture and a centre for heritage and archaeological skills training.
A traditional Welsh structure
The Beudy is set within the yard of Mynachlog Fawr farm, adjacent to the Abbey. Like many buildings of a similar Welsh farming nature and era, the Beudy is a simple, single storey, stone and lime pointed building with a slate roof supported on an ‘A’ framed timber structure. It was built from local stone infill and recycled Dundry stone from the Abbey.
A rich history protected
The challenges of working on an empty listed building in poor condition are considerable. Whilst the plan is for the Beudy to become the Trust’s main office for the management of the project, it’s important that the Beudy’s rich built history is protected alongside the improvements made to provide all the necessary facilities for a working office. Integrating the best of the old with the best of the new. This has involved the removal, salvage, re-use and re-new of Welsh slate to the roof structure and the repointing in lime with a traditional parged finish all external and internal masonry. The demolition of a 20th century barn annexe has provided valuable recyclable debris to form the surface for a new car park, whilst any local bats have benefited from the regeneration with a new bat box to move into.
Work on the Beudy is expected to be completed by June 2019.