Agincourt Square, Monmouth

Taken from an old postcard, this view of the King’s Head Hotel in Agincourt Square in Monmouth was taken in (I assume) the 1920s. The hotel stands opposite the Shire Hall (to the left of the photograph) and dates from the middle of the 17th century. According to legend, the hotel was visited by Charles I in 1645. It was an important posting inn in the late 17th century, with space for the stabling of visitors’ horses. During the 18th and 19th centuries, stagecoaches for London left from here. It is now a Grade II listed building.
As mentioned above, Charles I was reported to have visited the hotel in 1645 during a stay at nearby Raglan Castle. There is a plaster bas-relief of the King (erected in 1673) above the fireplace in one of the bars.  Whether it is meant to be Charles I, or a generic ‘king’ is disputed.
Image: Photographer unknown
took this photograph in March 2020, just before the COVID-19 lockdown started.
Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews)
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Monnow Street, Monmouth

A view from Monnow Street in Monmouth towards Monnow Bridge – the last remaining fortified river bridge in the country. The fortification is a Grade I listed building.
Monmouth was an important border settlement in Roman times (Blestium). However, it seems that the River Monnow did not have a crossing until some time after the Norman conquest. It appears that construction of a Monnow Bridge began in 1272 – this to replace a Norman timber bridge. Over the years, the Monnow Bridge has been used as a jail, a store for munitions, and a toll bridge – among other uses. Tolls were collected through control of the points of entry to the town, including the gatehouse on the bridge.
The bridge was built of red sandstone and was substantially rebuilt in the 18th and 19th centuries. Heavy traffic use and subsequent damage in the 20th century, together with the building of another bridge, allowed this bridge to be pedestrianised. This photograph was taken in the 1910s. Image: Photographer unknown (1910s)
From approximately the same position in March 2020.
Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews)
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