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Developer denies altering composer Cecil Alexander home

By Benjamin Wright

A property developer has appeared in court to deny altering the character of the Grade II-listed building said to have inspired the composer of the hymn All Things Bright And Beautiful.

Kim Gregory Davies (59) pleaded not guilty to five offences under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

He is accused of making more than 60 alterations to Llanwenarth House, Monmouthshire, south Wales. The £2.25m Georgian-style manor in Usk Valley is where Dublin-born composer Cecil Alexander is thought to have written the lyrics to the famous hymn. She and her husband, the Londonderry-born Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe William Alexander, lived in Milltown House, Strabane, now the town's grammar school.

The alleged alterations included the installation of a "mosaic-clad" whirlpool bath and putting in ceiling spotlights, Cardiff Crown Court heard. A trial is likely to take place next May.

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