Llantrisant Guildhall

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Overview

Alternative Names   Black Hole

Nation   Wales

County   Glamorganshire

Location   Castle Green  Llantrisant

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1346 [1773]

Year closed   1840

Century of Operation   1500-1599, 1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Town Hall

Remarks   The Guildhall is said to have had a cell on its lower floor from its earliest days. The current building, rebuilt in 1773, continued to include a cell. The cell fell into disuse in 1840 when a new police station was established on Swan Street with its own cells. The building was restored in 2019. The cell is said to be haunted. CADW Listed Buildings Database (23943)

Description

'Known as the Black Hole, prisoners were locked in its dark room with only straw for a bed on the cold flagstone floor. The iron barred window was used by friends of the prisoners to pass in food and even beer. Prisoners were tried in the upper room and the guilty placed in the stocks as the Corn Market, adjacent to the cell, or taken for execution. In April 1808, William Williams, a 19 year old youth from Llanharry,, was imprisoned here before being executed at Cardiff for the murder of David Williams, a 12 year old Llantrisant boy. One of the last prisoners was Evans the Runner, of the Glamorgan Militia, who was 'making a row in the old town after too plentifully taking of ale'.'

Information at the refurbished Guildhall describing the cell, or Black Hole

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  • Exterior of the restored town hall (August 2019)© Sam Easterbrook (with kind permission)
  • Information board, giving the history of the cell (or Black Hole) in the Guildhall (August 2019)© Sam Easterbrook (with kind permission)

Description: Exterior of the restored town hall (August 2019)

Photo by: © Sam Easterbrook (with kind permission)

Description: Information board, giving the history of the cell (or Black Hole) in the Guildhall (August 2019)

Photo by: © Sam Easterbrook (with kind permission)

SOURCES

    'Guildhall', Llantrisant Town Trust Website

  • https://www.llantrisant.net/index.php/guildhall/history?start=1

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