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  • Season 3
  • 8 episodes
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Following the fortunes of properties facing a struggle for survival and their committed new owners wanting to turn historic ruins into dream homes.

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Episode 4: Nebo Chapel

Summary

Caroline Quentin meets Hayley and Alan, who bought a derelict 19th-century chapel in south Wales for £25,000. They hoped to transform the vestry into a spacious three-bedroom home and then get a mortgage to restore the whole building, but the scope of the task and the tightness of their £20,000 budget soon hits home. The historical investigation charts the rise and importance of chapels such as this and how an act passed in the 17th century would fundamentally change the fortunes of worshippers.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Alan and Hayley have such a positive attitude and zen-like calm about doing a massive project on a shoestring budget that you’ll be desperately willing them to succeed. The sturdy looking Nebo Chapel in south Wales is actually derelict but the couple have just £20,000 to spend on making the vestry habitable – only then will the bank consider giving them a mortgage enabling them to work on the rest.

They’re remarkably ingenious, using wood from the pews to build a staircase and selling others to make money, but progress is painfully slow (hindered by burglars nicking their power tools) so the emphasis is more on history and architecture than plumbing disasters.

How to watch

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterCaroline Quentin

Crew

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Executive producerAnnette Clarke
Series editorJoff Wilson

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  • Episode 4

    Nebo Chapel

    Summary

    Caroline Quentin meets Hayley and Alan, who bought a derelict 19th-century chapel in south Wales for £25,000. They hoped to transform the vestry into a spacious three-bedroom home and then get a mortgage to restore the whole building, but the scope of the task and the tightness of their £20,000 budget soon hits home. The historical investigation charts the rise and importance of chapels such as this and how an act passed in the 17th century would fundamentally change the fortunes of worshippers.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    Alan and Hayley have such a positive attitude and zen-like calm about doing a massive project on a shoestring budget that you’ll be desperately willing them to succeed. The sturdy looking Nebo Chapel in south Wales is actually derelict but the couple have just £20,000 to spend on making the vestry habitable – only then will the bank consider giving them a mortgage enabling them to work on the rest.

    They’re remarkably ingenious, using wood from the pews to build a staircase and selling others to make money, but progress is painfully slow (hindered by burglars nicking their power tools) so the emphasis is more on history and architecture than plumbing disasters.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterCaroline Quentin

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAnnette Clarke
    Series editorJoff Wilson
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