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

We love our museum and really hope you can come and visit us, to see for yourself what an exciting and varied building The Judge's Lodging really is. As accommodation fit for a Judge, it has lovely rooms for them to stay in. There are service areas for both permanent and visiting servants (the Judge would travel with some of his own, such as his valet who helped him get dressed). It's a bit like a stately home in miniature, except it has a rather unusual addition - not many homes have a vast courtroom, with cells below for prisoners.  Follow these links below or from the sidebar to see just some of the rooms we have:

The legal bookcase

The building


Dining Room

Servants' Hall



Clerk's Room


Local history rooms



Robert Hardy and Dr Kightly, 1997 opening




You can hear excerpts from our fabulous character audiotour, including actor Robert Hardy as Richard Lister Venables,  Chairman of the Magistrates, along with an interview with Historical Consultant Dr Charles Kightly here.


Forthcoming Events

Strange But True

  • list arrowWould you wee in your dining room?

    Victorian gentlemen did! Some dining rooms (like ours) had a special cupboard to house a chamber pot so all the gentlemen could go for a wee without leaving the table (once the ladies had left the room, of course!).


Historical Handy Hints

  • list arrowAn insect trap
    Scoop out the inside of a turnip, scallop
  • list arrowWarts
    Rub them with fresh beef every day until
  • list arrowMusty clothes
    When clothes have acquired an unpleasant odour by