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Good Morning Everyone,

This building is the Shire Hall, in Monmouth.
It was quite a dull day when we visited but that didn't seem to stop the classical lines of the building standing out really well.

Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth. It is a Grade I listed, classically designed building in Agincourt Square. Nowadays, it serves as a focal point for the Monmouth community, offering weddings and meeting rooms, as well as local tourist information in the reception.

The large rooms have also become an important part of Monmouth’s vibrant local community and hosts the local youth theatre group, various types of dance lessons, The Wye Valley artists and the Wyedean Embroiderers to name but a few.

Shire Hall was the scene of one of the most significant trials in British history when, in 1839/40, John Frost and other Chartists were tried for their involvement in the Chartist Riots in Newport. Courtroom 1 has been fully restored to how it looked in the 1840s and is fully interactive, allowing visitors to sit in the Judge’s chair and go down to the holding cells to experience first-hand the unpleasant conditions prisoners of the day had been subjected to.

We didn't explore the courtroom, which I regret now, but we did explore the interior, where the tourist information can be found.

I will add a second photograph as a workshop. I was undecided which of the two photographs to post as the main one but, after much deliberation, chose this one because I liked the dynamic effect of the lady striding purposely across the square.

Have a lovely Sunday, Bev :-)

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