Top 10 Chartist places to visit in Monmouth
A short walk around Monmouth will take you to many locations associated with the Chartist trials
1. The Shire Hall – scene of the Chartist trials in 1839-1840
2. The White Swan Hotel, White Swan Court, where the 12th Lancers were billeted during the trials. ‘The above newly-built inn is now complete….every provision has been made for the comfort of those friends who will honour him with their patronage.’ This was in 1839 and the landlord was John Williams, under whom the hotel flourished as a commercial inn and posting house.
3. Nelson Museum and Local History Centre has a collection of Chartist archive documents.
4. Parade House, home of Captain Charles Harrison Powell who sat on the Grand Jury
5. Site of County Gaol, where John Frost, Henry Vincent and others were imprisoned
6. Monmouth solicitor Mr J. G. H. Owen lived in Monk Street. He probably saved Frost, Jones and Williams’ lives, spotting a technical flaw in the proceedings and organising Monmouth’s petition to save the Chartist leaders from execution.
7. The Judges’ Lodging in St. James’ Mews, where the Judges stayed during the trial. Police protection is nothing new: St. James’ Mews were guarded day and night throughout the trial.
8. Almshouse Street. Mr R. Stroud, the trumpeter who looked after the prisoners in the holding cells at the Shire Hall lived in these alms houses on his retirement.
9. Monmouth Cemetery where you can find the trumpeter’s grave.
10. St. Mary’s where the Judges attended church immediately before the trials began.