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

Victorian Toys

Toys are a fantastic way to learn more about the Victorians. You can find out what children liked to do, what they looked like and how they used their toys to learn about the world around them. Here we have put together a selection of images of toys from The Judge's Lodging collection, along with notes to help you learn about them and suggestions of questions you might like to use in your classroom about them. All images and text are copyright of The Judge's Lodging. Please ask permission to use them in any way other than this educational resource. Many of these objects are on display for you to see when you visit. Our shop also stocks a selection of replica toys, such as pop guns, whipping tops, marbles and jacks. Do contact us if you require any further information.

victorian toys - tin train



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Strange But True

  • 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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