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Beaumaris Courthouse

Beaumaris, Anglesey

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Beaumaris Courthouse was built in 1614 and although some alterations were made during the 19th century, it does remain today pretty much as it was in that time. It is still used as a formal court just once a year. The last assize court was held here in 1971.

The courthouse is the white building, the black and white building is The White Lion.

Prisoners of all descriptions have faced trial here and you can stand in the original dock, understand how a court of law works and learn about Anglesey's criminal past from robbers plundering ships to food rioters and murderers and some of it's most notorious criminals.

Some of the criminals who stood in the dock here include:-

  • In 1742 the notorious Crigyll (near Rhosneigr) robbers accused of plundering ships wrecked on the treacherous Anglesey coast.
  • In 1786, Hugh Hughes who stole some food, was cruelly whipped through the streets of four towns on the island.
  • In 1816 some Amlwch food rioters, were punished for trying to stop the export of corn during a famine.
  • In 1910, William Murphy, who murdered his mistress on Christmas Day after she left him for another man.

On a visit you can:

  • Walk through the large rectangular courtroom and see the Jury Area.
  • Stand in the original dock.
  • See the prisoners room and follow the path they would have taken into the dock.
  • The Mayors Box.
  • The Grand Jury room.
  • A cryptic mural shows a cow, with one farmer pulling its horns, another pulling its tail and a solicitor milking it!

During the school holidays actors re-enact famous court cases which you can witness. There are also displays of legal robes and regalia.

The other end of the Courthouse Building


Location: Beaumaris Court, Beaumaris, Anglesey

Grid Reference: SH606761 Ceremonial County: Anglesey

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: From Menai Bridge follow the A545 to Beaumaris. Castle street is the main street running through the town. It is on the right hand side, just before you get to the Castle on your left.

Access: Town car parks nearby.
Website:  Beaumaris Court
Other Useful Websites: Visit Anglesey
Email:
Address: Beaumaris Courthouse, Castle Street, Beaumaris, Anglesey
Postcode: LL58 8BP Telephone: 01248 811691
Opening Times: Apr-Sept Sat-Thurs 10.30am-5pm. Closed Fridays. Oct Weekends and half term school holidays.

Charges: Adult: 3, Concessions: 2.25, Child: 2.25, Family (4): 10.
Joint ticket with Gaol Adult 6, Concessions: 4.50, Child: 4.50, Family (4); 20

Nearby Locations: Beaumaris Gaol    Beaumaris Castle
Other Location Pages: Anglesey Coastal Path 
Other Relevant Pages: Anglesey Attractions    Anglesey Attractions Map

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By: Tracey Park Section: Heritage Section Key:
Page Ref: Beaumaris_Court Topic: Penal, Jails, Courts Last Updated: 07/2010

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