The Guildhall, Conwy

button link to french translationThe Guildhall, Rose Hill Street, Conwy

This civic building occupies a prominent spot in Conwy, facing traffic as it arrives in the town from the Cob. It was built in 1863. Enlargement in 1925 created the present-day entrance, with its elaborate stone carving. The widespread use of sandstone is a notable characteristic of the architecture.

Photo of Lloyd George at GuildhallPevsner’s Guide to the Buildings of Wales: Gwynedd describes the style of the original parts as hard Gothic, and that of the 1925 enlargement as a softer Gothic.

The photo, reproduced here by courtesy of David Rogers Jones, was taken by Harry Rogers Jones in the years after 1925. It shows former Prime Minister David Lloyd George arriving at the Guildhall. Conwy was in his Caernarvon Boroughs constituency. He sometimes stayed with friends at Castell Mai, just around the corner from the Guildhall (next door to the Bridge Inn).

Today the Guildhall is home to Conwy Town Council and is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies.

With thanks to David Rogers Jones

Where is this HiPoint?

Postcode: LL32 8LD

Conwy Town Council website