THE OLD BUTTERMARKET building in Denbigh is being redeveloped as part of a major £2.4million project.

The listed building, originally used as the town’s butter market, was built between 1845 and 1847, and was part of a larger complex which served as a covered market for the sale of butter and cheese, with a large assembly room above.

It was then used as a brewery before being taken over by Llandrillo College, when more modern features were added.

Now owned by Vale of Clwyd Mind, work started on November 27 to improve and futureproof the stone building, which will be completed and ready to move into by this time next year.

The project, known as the Buttermarket Culture, Heritage and Wellbeing Centre, has received £1.4million from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which was awarded to Vale of Clwyd Mind by Denbighshire County Council.

The project has been matched funding from a range of other sources.


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The building will also be a new home for the Denbigh Museum and Denbigh Archive, and will replicate for rural areas the VOCM wellbeing services currently provided in Rhyl for coastal areas of the county.

It will also provide café facilities for visitors, tourists and the general public alongside access to the museum and archive.

CEO of Vale of Clwyd Mind, Paul Moore said: “This has been a major undertaking and is the beginning of a long-held dream – that we would be able to serve the holistic mental health and wellbeing needs of everyone, wherever they are based in Denbighshire.

“This is a historic building, so it is an added bonus that we are inviting Denbighshire Museum and Archive and other organisations to share our premises.

“The aim is to attract visitors to Denbigh to experience its history and also provide a range of holistic wellbeing services -which we believe has never been done before.”

While work takes place, Vale of Clwyd Mind will be working on plans for other related and innovative services due to be announced at a later date.

The Buttermarket is of special interest as the sole surviving fragment of an important piece of early Victorian civic architecture.

For further information about the project, contact Paul Moore at Vale of Clwyd Mind on 01745 777099, Ext 108.