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The History

October 1869.

To Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace.

“…. We have through our Clerk been in treaty for the purchase of a Site for a Police Station with four cells, apartments for a Constable and Justices Room in the centre of the Town of Corwen …”.

A constable was empowered to apprehend –

“All lose, idle and disorderly Persons whom he shall find disturbing the public Peace, or whom he shall have just Cause to suspect of any evil Designs, and all Persons whom he shall find between sunset and the Hour of Eight in the Forenoon lying in any Highway, Yard, or other Place, or loitering therein, and not giving a satisfactory Account of themselves…”

Corwen Police Station and Court House were purpose built in 1871, the site having been acquired in 1869.

In 1871, Sergeant Hugh Williams occupied the living quarters together with his wife and no less than 10 children!



Corwen is often called the 'Crossroads of North Wales', a testament to its history as a major stopping place on the old drove roads used by cattle drivers and as a stagecoach route between Holyhead and London; due to its situation vagrancy was one of the commonest reasons for arresting and detaining a person.

In the 1860s the railway came to town but unfortunately did not survive the Beeching Axe in the 1960s, however the railway is now back once again as the Llangollen Heritage Railway has now extended their line to Corwen Station. 

Corwen is also connected with Owain Glyndŵr, who proclaimed himself Prince of Wales on 16 September 1400, from his nearby manor of Glyndyfrdwy.

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Corwen Old Police Station & Court House

London Road, Corwen, Denbighshire
United Kingdom LL21 0DP

+44 (0) 7944 330911