Judge's Lodging

Presteigne, United Kingdom

Judge's Lodging

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The Shire Hall is a municipal structure in Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, Wales. The building incorporates a well-preserved courtroom and a museum known as "the Judge's Lodging". Once the judicial centre for Radnorshire, is a Grade II* listed building.

The first shire hall in Presteigne was established on the corner of the High Street in 1542. One of the most notorious cases heard in the first shire court was the trial of Mary Morgan who, in 1805, was convicted and hanged for killing her newborn child. For some time after the execution, it was claimed the father of the murdered child was Walter Wilkins the Younger, the son of the member of parliament and high sheriff of the county and the "young squire" of Maesllwch Castle. By the early 1820s, the old building was in a dilapidated condition and the justices decided to commission a new structure: the site they selected was occupied by the county prison.

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