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150924-court pembrey-KS002Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture in the Welsh Government visited Court Farm recently. He was warmly welcomed by Nia Griffith MP and the Pembrey Mountain Trust, who, together with the Friends of Court Farm, had erected a marquee in case of bad weather and laid on delicious home-made cheese scones and cakes.

During the visit, the Minister was shown around Court Farm which is one of Carmarthenshire’s few remaining ancient manor houses, and dates back to at least 1361. Court is named after the ‘court leet’ that would have been held there, under the supervision of the lord of the manor, dealing with rents and tenancy disputes. The Friends of Court Farm are grateful for the support they have received from the Architectural Heritage Trust and Cadw, and both of these organisations sent representatives to join the discussion on the future of the building.

Summing up at the end of the meeting, Nia Griffith MP said,

“We would all like to thank the Minister for his visit today, and for his genuine interest in the restoration of historic buildings like Court Farm, and we just want to emphasize that it is now getting increasingly urgent to start on restoration as the fabric of the building is deteriorating, and anything that he can do to remove the obstacles to restoration would be much appreciated.”

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