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Saved from ruin: Inside the only 'dead house' in Wales

Wales' only 'dead house', or parish mortuary, will be saved from ruin because of £50,000 of National Lottery Funding.

A dead house is where bodies were kept in Victorian times before burial.

The building is situated at St Cynog's Church in Boughrood, Powys.

Experts said it had less than a year to survive if emergency works were not carried out.

The funding will be used to restore leaded glass windows, protect masonry containing 19th century graffiti and replace the floor - with one made from re-used headstones.

There will also be an exhibition in the restored building which will be open to the public for the first time.

The dead house is part of St Cynog's medieval church in Boughrood.

This is the first part of a two phase project to upgrade St Cynog's church and engage the community in its rich history, as well as that of the parish.

We can't wait to begin work to save the Dead House and welcome new visitors.

– Rev Ian Charlesworth, Vicar at St Cynog's

It is fantastic that this unusual and truly unique building, with such a fascinating social history, is being saved thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

Its significance to the local area and indeed the whole of Wales - as the country's only Dead House - is well worth protecting, and I'm sure a lot of people will be fascinated by its history while learning more about the very real issues around life and death in the Victorian era.

– Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales