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Menai Courthouse Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2233 / 53°13'23"N

Longitude: -4.1622 / 4°9'43"W

OS Eastings: 255747

OS Northings: 371766

OS Grid: SH557717

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.0WZL

Mapcode Global: WH547.179S

Entry Name: Menai Courthouse Church

Listing Date: 18 July 1997

Last Amended: 16 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18554

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located on the west side of Beach Road, in the lower part of Menai Bridge. Abutting the northern end of the former police station.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Town: Menai Bridge

Community: Menai Bridge (Porthaethwy)

Community: Menai Bridge

Built-Up Area: Menai Bridge

Traditional County: Anglesey

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History

Built as a magistrates court in 1868. The courthouse was built abutting the northern end of the police station and doorways have been cut through to allow access between the two buildings. A later extension to the rear of both buildings encloses a small open area that was once part of a larger courtyard. Ceased to be used as a court in 1993. Both buildings are now owned by the Independent Evangelical Church, who bought the premises in 1995 from Gwynedd County Council. The arched windows were replaced c1990, following the pattern of the original windows.

Exterior

Two storeys, 2-bay elevation dominated by the round-arched windows of the former courtroom in the principal upper storey, which are set beneath paired gabled dormers advanced from the main hipped roof. Walls are rendered and painted limestone with stressed plain quoins below a hipped slate roof. Entrance to right, and small paired 4-pane sash windows to left. Upper windows are recessed in tall round arched-openings; paired 8-pane sashes with geometric glazing in the tympanum of the arch. Oculi in gable apexes above. Porch to right, set back, forming entry to upper storey. Square-headed entrance with limestone dressings and cornice. Wrought iron gate to porch with boarded door behind.

Interior

Main courtroom contains a panelled wooden magistrates bench, with a sloping top supported by decorative scrolled wooden brackets and bench seat to front. Three sets of painted wooden bench seating face the magistrates bench, with backs of rails supported on chamfered balusters. The magistrates room in the later extension to the rear of the building, contains original boarded shutters to door to right. Lower storey rooms contain original doors and cupboards.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a relatively complete C19 courthouse, retaining historic character and original internal fittings. Built as a direct result of the growth of Menai Bridge in the mid C19, reflecting a need for local law enforcement. Forms a group with the adjoining former police station.

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  • II Former Police Station
    Located on the west side of Beach Road, in the lower part of Menai Bridge. Abutting the northern end is the former courthouse.
  • II* Capel Mawr Presbyterian Chapel
    Prominently sited on the corner of Chapel Street and New Street.
  • II Capel Mawr Chapel House
    Within the grounds and S of Capel Mawr Presbyterian Chapel, at the corner of Chapel Street and New Street.
  • II The Foundry
    In the lower part of Menai Bridge, alongside the Menai Strait, running at right angles from the shore to Beach Road. There is a yard area to the north.
  • II New Street
    New Street is between the main road through the settlement and the shore line, NE of the suspension bridge on the west side of a rocky outcrop.
  • II Cottage on W side of Beach Road
    Single storey cottage set between two storeyed houses on the west side of Beach Road, below the Cambria in Menai Bridge, close to the Strait.
  • II New Street
    New Street is between the main road through the settlement and the shore line, NE of the suspension bridge on the west side of a rocky outcrop.
  • II English Presbyterian Chapel
    Prominently sited on the south side of Bridge Street, next to the Victoria Hotel.

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