TWO historic Gwent landmarks will receive a share of more than £70,000 to help protect them for the future.

The 'Tardis', a much-loved former police telephone box in Newport, will be given £10,500 from the Assembly.

Companies House next to the Blaenavon Ironworks site will receive £60,000.

These are two of 12 historic Welsh buildings to receive a share of more than £400,000 of Assembly conservation grants.

The Somerton community has been on the look out for grants to restore the listed building.

This is after the metal supports rusted and caused the surrounding material to crack and so the blue iconic building was fenced off by Newport council last year for safety reasons.

The box is thought to have been built in the 1930s and was one of about 30 in the Newport area.

The application was made by Deborah Clark from RASCAL (Regeneration Association Somerton Community at Large).

She said the group was delighted, adding: “Everyone from this community loves this telephone box as do many people from further afield and we will now be able to ensure future generations can enjoy it too.”

The £60,000 awarded to Companies House, which is next to the Blaenavon Ironworks site, will mainly be used for repairs to the building’s roof.

Companies House used to include a bakery, butchers and soap shop and is now privately owned by building maintenance company I J Caddick.

The company, run by brothers Richard and Illtyd Caddick, took over the building as a family business in 1945 and submitted the bid to the Assembly.