Rewind: The History of the Guildhall

  Posted: 07.04.21 at 11:47 by The Editor

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Did you know that Conwy’s Guildhall was originally the venue for local ‘petty sessions’ – where magistrates tried wrong-doers?

Dating back to 1863, the building was modified in 1925 to include the elaborately carved stonework and entrance still used to this present day.

The Guildhall was also used as a polling station for several local parishes, but other civic buildings stood before in Conwy, dating back to the 13th century. These earlier buildings went by the names Shire Hall, Town Hall and Common House.

In the 1600s, a market hall occupied the site long before an early 19th century school for poor children, which moved to a new building circa 1940.

From the mid-1970s, the Guildhall has been used by Conwy Town Council, who now lease the building from Conwy County Council. The building currently needs about £150,000 spent on repairs, and it was last refurbished in 1996 with funds from the National Lottery.

The Guildhall’s art collection includes a painting of an 1899 train wreck at Penmaenbach, as well as watercolours by acclaimed artist Buckley Ousey. The council’s main chamber features a portrait by John Dawson Watson of the council’s first mayor Williams Hughes.

Inside Conwy Guildhall is the “Conwy Jackdaws” chair, which was found at an auction in South England and donated by one of the Jackdaws. The name ‘Jackdaws’ refers to people born within the town’s walls.

Conwy Nub News would like to thank the History Points{.L]for much of the information included in this article.

The History Points website is a fantastic resource where you can find articles documenting Welsh history.

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