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Sumner's sgraffiti are testament to conservation

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I was chuffed to see one of our 34 churches, that at Llanfair Kilgeddin in Monmouthshire, taken as a case study in the AJ's examination of historic plaster (AJ 11.11.04). Readers may be interested to know that this magical building, with its sgraffiti panels by Heywood Sumner of the late-1880s illustrated in your piece (pictured), would have been destroyed had we not stepped in to save it 10 years ago. We intend to carry out a further programme of works in 2005 to the sgraffiti and have received a very welcome indicative offer of support from The Pilgrim Trust of £30,000. Visitors to Llanfair, which lies barely a few miles off the A40, are very welcome, as they are to all our buildings once they have been returned to a fit condition. There is more about us on www. friendsoffriendlesschurches. org. uk Matthew Saunders, hon director, The Friends of Friendless Churches

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