Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

The Courtroom

The echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief resounds through the cavernous courtroom. Virtually unchanged since 1830, it is among the most original 19th Century courtrooms in Britain. Sit in the Judge's chair, stand in the dock, peer from the jury box and pretend to be a member of the press. Lit by an open flame gasolier, which shoots 6-inch flames out of its 18 bats-wing burners. Complete with vents to waft hot air up the Judge's trousers!

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  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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