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Cwmdare cottage adopted by Cadw

The property has remained unaltered since it was built in 1854 Photo: Cadw

A unique heritage cottage in Cwmdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been bought by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service.

The cottage, which has remained almost completely unaltered inside and out since it was built in 1854, will give locals and visitors an insight into the life the small mining community in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Over the next few months Cadw will carry out improvements to the building but it will be preserved in its original form as a rare example of what a Valleys house was like when it was first built and lived in.

Once work has been completed the building will become a learning resource for all those who work or live in traditional Valleys housing in Wales.

The project aims to promote understanding of the importance of retaining the character and history of Valleys housing.

The cottage will be preserved in its original form Credit: Cadw

It will also provide practical advice on technical issues such as thermal performance, demonstrating that keeping original features in good repair really does pay, environmentally and economically.

Wales has more traditional buildings as a proportion to the total building stock than any other home nation.

Traditional buildings are categorised as those built before 1919 and characterised with solid masonry walls.

In Wales 34 percent of the building stock is traditionally built, compared to 22 percent in England, 20 percent in Scotland, 16 percent in Northern Ireland and incidentally only 10 percent in the Republic of Ireland.