ONE of the most prominent buildings in Ruthin town centre could soon take on a new role.

The former Barclays Bank, which stands on the corner of St Peter’s Square and Clwyd Street, closed in 2018.

Now ReSource, a not-for-profit company currently based at Cae Dai Museum in Denbigh, is in negotiations for the lease of the Grade 2-listed property.

The community-based company promotes the reuse of materials and provides activities for those who are otherwise isolated.

Its founder Janice Cusworth said they hoped to open a drop-in cafe and other facilities for people of all ages.

“We are excited that this will give us a town centre presence and accessible opportunities for all, with a focus on providing inclusive volunteering opportunities,” she said.

An application for funding is to be made to the National Lottery.

The purpose-built bank building has been on the site since 1928, but it stands on the site of the former Exmewe Hall.

The hall was erected in the 16th century and was the ancestral home of goldsmith Sir Thomas Exmewe, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1517, and also the home of Dr Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster 1561-1601.