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Trials and treason, history and heritage, all come together at Monmouth Shire Hall, described as ‘probably the best Georgian public building in Wales’. National and local history came together here in 1840 with the trial and sentencing of the South Wales Chartists, responsible for the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain in their pursuit of greater rights for all. A fully restored period courtroom, re-enactment weekends, guided tours and Chartist films are just part of the many attractions. With Monmouthshire’s integral link to Chartism, alongside its vast number of castles, the splendour of Tintern Abbey and the birthplace of King Henry V, it’s clear to see why Monmouthshire is often seen as a centre of Welsh and British history.