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Kidwelly Town Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.7363 / 51°44'10"N

Longitude: -4.3069 / 4°18'24"W

OS Eastings: 240805

OS Northings: 206691

OS Grid: SN408066

Mapcode National: GBR GP.TL23

Mapcode Global: VH3M2.9MHB

Entry Name: Kidwelly Town Hall

Listing Date: 24 May 1977

Last Amended: 28 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11880

Building Class: Civil

Location: Situated in centre of Kidwelly on corner of Lady Street and Causeway Street.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Kidwelly

Community: Kidwelly (Cydweli)

Community: Kidwelly

Locality: Kidwelly/Cydweli

Built-Up Area: Kidwelly

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Town Hall of 1877-8, designed by T.W.A. Evans (1841-97) architect and Mayor of Kidwelly, who gave his services free. The lower floor was a covered market, the upper floor the Guildhall, and the building also contained police cells and a reading room.


Squared rock-faced rubble stone with Bath stone dressings and slate roof. Gothic, in heavy plate-traceried style. Two-storey, four-window main range, gable-fronted to Lady Street with three-storey entrance tower to left. Coped shouldered N gable with very large first floor Gothic feature, a triplet of long 2-light timber windows with pointed ashlar-panelled heads, under a big ashlar flush arch with plate-traceried roundel and two double flush bands set in rock-faced stonework. Between floors is a double band with plaque between, and ground floor has three large pointed windows with linked hoodmoulds and C20 glazing. Deeply splayed sills. Double flush ashlar bands at sill and impost levels. Bands carried around Causeway Street side which has 4 large square upper windows (boarded over 1996) and 4 ground floor openings one pointed to left, then to right grouped round arch, pointed arch, round arch. Chamfered surrounds and hoodmoulds, C20 window glazing, but second pointed arch was a door. Tower to NE is set back and canted back from line of main gable. Severe square block with double band over ground floor, sill band to second floor and ashlar Gothic-panelled parapet. Ground floor pointed arched doorway with hoodmould, first floor triple window, and second floor paired window, all with pointed ashlar-panelled heads with roundels. Some flush ashlar banding. Plaque in double band 'Anno Domini 1877'. Plain S end wall with red brick stack. E side is obscured behind tower, outshut roof. On E roof slope are two haf-hipped vents with timber quatrefoil tracery.


Interior not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as the central feature of the modern town of Kidwelly.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Wall along S side of churchyard
    Situated on N side of Lady Street, between Parish Room and track to No 17 Lady Street.
  • I Church of Saint Mary
    Situated in centre of Kidwelly in large walled churchyard.
  • II Morfa House
    Situated in terraced row on main road (A 484) some 40m S of Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II Capel Sul
    Situated on W side of main road (A 484) prominently overlooking Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II Castle Mill
    Situated on N bank of Gwendraeth Fach, some 100m E of Kidwelly Bridge, reached by lane running S from medieval town gatehouse.
  • II Kidwelly Bridge/Pont Cydweli
    Situated on main road (A 484) crossing Gwendraeth Fach, between Bridge Street and New Street.
  • II Ruined Warehouse By Kidwelly Bridge
    Situated on E side of main road (A 484) overlooking NE end of Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II* The Town Gate
    Situated at SW end of Castle Street, some 130m WSW of Kidwelly Castle.

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