About the Shire Hall
A peep at Shire Hall:
The Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth, South Wales. A Grade I listed, classically designed Georgian building on Agincourt Square. Visitors are welcome to walk around the restored Courtrooms and Cells and view the array of interesting artefacts on display.
A brief History:
Erected in 1724, The Grade l* listed building was designed to house two “Courts of Judicature” and a room for the Grand Jury at Assizes and Sessions. The most notable case to take place at the Shire Hall was, following the Newport riots in 1839, the trial in 1840 of the chartist John Frost, who along with Zephaniah Williams and William Jones was convicted of High treason and sentenced to be “hanged until dead and quartered”.