Nebo Chapel

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Restoration Home, Series 3 Episode 4 of 8

Duration: 1 hour

Hayley and Alan are not your typical restoration heroes. Struggling to find a decent sized family home, they decided to put in a bid for a Victorian chapel in the Welsh valleys. It was derelict and in need of a saviour - they bought the lot for just £25,000. With only £20,000 of their own money left to restore it, they begin a struggle of almost impossible scale.

They start in the vestry to the rear, which they hope to transform into a spacious three double bedroom modern home. The plan was to then get a mortgage to complete the whole chapel, but the enormity of the task and the consequence of their tiny budget soon hits home. Simply digging foundations is a gruelling task as, rather than hiring a digger, they opt for doing it by hand to save their tiny budget.

As Alun and Hayley struggle to save the centre-piece to the village, the historical investigation gains pace. A story unfolds charting the rise and importance of chapels such as Nebo and how a revolutionary act passed in the 17th century would fundamentally change the fortunes of its worshippers. But will Alan and Hayley get far enough in the restoration to secure the funds to make it a family home? Or will they have wasted every last penny of their savings trying?

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Caroline Quentin
Executive Producer
Annette Clarke
Series Editor
Joff Wilson

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