Founded almost 50 years ago by philanthropist John Smith and his wife Christian, the Landmark Trust was set up to try and prevent the loss of smaller historic buildings that the National Trust and the Ministry of Works could not restore.
Over time the number of amazing properties they have restored has continued to grow. From a Gothic Temple, a Pineapple Pavilion, a House of Correction and a Pigsty to 23 buildings with a fragile eco-system in the Bristol Channel the list is as diverse as it is long.
The property opened for those within reach of London was in Princelet Street, Spitalfields.
Originally home to the thrifty and hard working Huguenots, they were a Protestant religious denomination that had fled France to escape persecution in the eighteenth century. They brought with them skills in clock and jewellery making, silver smithing and silk weaving.
The weavers used hand-looms to weave raw silk imported from Italy and brought with them a newly invented technique to give thin silk taffeta its glossy lustre. The Huguenot weavers found inspiration for their designs from insects and flowers, and were fond of hanging window boxes outside their houses and training singing birds.
Built as a grand 3-bay hall, it retains it's late medieval floorplan, with cross passage and service rooms, central hall and solar wing.
Although in the 17th-century, a first floor was inserted into the hall, together with a staircase and chimney flue the status of Llwyn Celyn gradually diminished over the centuries, with further modernisation grinding to a halt.