After 400 years of ruin, the restored Galilee Chapel finally opened last week. The West Church of St Illtud’s was packed with expectant visitors awaiting the moment when the doors were opened into the Galilee Chapel.
The opening ceremony was marked by a speech and prayer from the Rev Huw Butler, with the duty of cutting the ribbon being handed to Llantwit’s oldest resident, 94-year-old Gladys Kilby, in the presence of the youngest member of the community, Violet, just one day old!
ad hoc designs was commissioned to build the floating staircase in oak, stainless steel and glass along with the balustrade along the gallery viewing area, from where visitors can gaze down upon the magnificent restored celtic stone carvings.
The staircase was designed by architect Michael Davies fromDavies Sutton Architects who also was responsible for every beautiful detail of the project – a project which we are sure will go down in history as one of the cleverest and most creative and sympathetic restorations in the UK.
A special thanks also to Knox & Wells, the main contractor with special mention of Lee Mayes the site manager.