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Former Police Station

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: 255745

OS Northings: 371760

OS Grid: SH557717

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.0WZM

Mapcode Global: WH547.178T

Entry Name: Former Police Station

Listing Date: 18 July 1997

Last Amended: 18 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18555

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 is the former courthouse.

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

The police station is thought to have been built shortly after 1845, the date of the original indentures. A very similar design can also be seen at the former police stations in Brynsiencyn and Llangefni. Menai Bridge Courthouse was built abutting the northern end c.1868 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 police station in 1959. Both buildings are now owned by the Independent Evangelical Church, who bought the premises in 1985 from Ynys Mon Borough Council.

Exterior

Two storey, 1 window range with lean-to porch to left, and 2 storey extension to rear. Abutted by courthouse to right. Square in plan. Limestone walls rendered and painted, with stressed limestone quoins, architraves and plinth. Hipped slate roof. Porch to left with hipped lean-to roof forming continuous outshut, square headed doorway and recessed boarded door, limestone dressings and eaves cornice. Paired 4-pane recessed sash window to ground floor front with single 4-pane sash over. Windows originally barred. Small fixed light with single iron bar on 1st floor, left side. Left side of outshut has 2 recessed 4-pane sash windows either end, that to rear end being larger. Single 4-pane sash window to upper storey of extension.

Interior

Internally altered but retaining much of original layout. Main door leads to slab paved passage in outshut, with office to right in front room, and two cells to rear. Blocked doorway to cells. Interior walls of passage to cells of brick with ceilings of large slate slabs. Cell doors have single-piece stone jambs and lintels, original heavy doors of thick boards with iron sheeting encasing cellward side, fitted with a single large bolt and view hole. Fixed metal frame, barred windows to rear of each cell. Upper storey room to rear of extension has cast iron fireplace set into decorative moulded fire surround.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a relatively complete C19 police station, retaining many features including cell doors. Built as a direct result of the growth of Menai Bridge in the mid C19, reflecting a need for local policing and law enforcement. Forms a group with the adjoining Magistrate's Court.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Menai Courthouse Church
    Located on the west side of Beach Road, in the lower part of Menai Bridge. Abutting the northern end of the former police station.
  • II* Capel Mawr Presbyterian Chapel
    Prominently sited on 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 Capel Mawr Chapel House
    Within the grounds and S of Capel Mawr Presbyterian Chapel, at the corner of Chapel Street and New Street.
  • 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 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* The Cambria
    Near the foot of Menai Bridge on the E side, overlooking the Menai Straits, on the NW side of Cambria Road, leading from Beach Road.

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