Developer admits unlawfully altering All Things Bright and Beautiful house

Cecil AlexanderA property developer has pleaded guilty to breaking planning laws by modifying the historic Grade II-listed building in which the poet Cecil Alexander (pictured) wrote the famous hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Kim Davies, who bought the seven-bedroom Elizabethan Llanwenarth House in 2007, at first denied five charges under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 relating to modifications he made to the house, but changed his plea on his lawyer’s advice.

Mr Davies is said to have spent over £1 million on renovating the property, which was built in the 16th century. His modifications include installing a whirlpool bath with mosaic tiles, replacing the house’s timber windows with modern ones and installing ceiling spotlights, crystal chandeliers and modern kitchen fittings. He has also admitted offences relating to the house’s coach house and courtyard, which include replacing cobblestones with flagstone paving.

The penalties for altering a Grade II-listed building without permission can include an unlimited fine and up to 12 months in prison. Mr Davies is due to be sentenced on 15 May.

Cecil Alexander was staying at Llanwenarth House in 1848 when she wrote All Things Bright and Beautiful, and the house is thought to have provided inspiration.

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Posted: 05 May 2015

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