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Town Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Laugharne Township, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7704 / 51°46'13"N

Longitude: -4.4622 / 4°27'44"W

OS Eastings: 230206

OS Northings: 210838

OS Grid: SN302108

Mapcode National: GBR D7.ZRTN

Mapcode Global: VH3LS.LRVP

Entry Name: Town Hall

Listing Date: 3 December 1951

Last Amended: 25 September 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9659

Building Class: Civil

Location: Forward to the street at the junction with Wogan Street, close to the castle; Market Lane to rear.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Laugharne Township

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Dates from 1747 although an earlier Town Hall existed; much altered and extended. Clock tower to S of 2-storey, 2-window Town/Market Hall, low lean-to goal extension of 1774 to S and adjoining porch of 1910 to SE; much restored market lean-to at rear.

Exterior

Whitewashed rubble tower and gaol, rendered hall and porch, plinth and rusticated quoins. Slate roofs, pyranidal to tower, hipped to goal and hall (N end); gabled porch with bargeboards and finial. Bellcote (originally with bell by Abraham Rudhall) and weathercock added to tower in 1786. Clock faces below cornices to N and S set in freestone surrounds with hood moulds and keystones dated 1896 (although a contract of 1891 agreed upon the renewal of "the clock tower and turret" by M Williams and J Jones, cost £30). Recessed Gothick sash windows of 1814 with cills over segmental openings with voussoir lintels formerly leading to market closed by iron railings, similar detail to 1 window N end. 2 plain sash windows to SE over arched hooded porch.

Interior

Interior retains court room to 1st floor; timber dais with ornate iron bracketed lamps from which the Portreeve conducts the meetings of Laugharne Corporation (unique in Wales in retaining this form of local government). Regency fireplace to E wall. At one time held a school and the Public Library.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* for townscape importance.

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