The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
EXPLORE THE ‘UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS’ LIFE OF THE VICTORIAN JUDGES, THEIR SERVANTS AND FELONIOUS GUESTS.
Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge’s Lodging to see how the world looked to the Victorian judges, their servants and felonious guests (oh yes, we do mean prisoners!). Lit only by oil and gas lamps, wander through the judge’s private apartments, sit in his armchair or at his dining table. Below stairs you can pump water in the kitchen or explore the servants’ sleeping quarters and workrooms.
Visitors are accompanied by an audio tour, eavesdropping on stories from the building’s past inhabitants Hear from Mary the hardworking maid and Mr Luggar, the grumbling housekeeper, as they care for Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates (portrayed by the late actor Robert Hardy).
Reverend Venables reminisces about the changes in his lifetime, such as the arrival of photography and the coming of the railway. Down below, the prisoner awaiting trial complains about the rats in his cell to Constable Rogers.
In the vast echoing courtroom, your imagination is guided by the echoing trial of local duck thief, William Morgan. The damp basement cells below reinforce the building’s true purpose.
Find out about the tragic tale of Mary Morgan who was hanged in the town, the rural Radnorshire Constabulary, the terrible state of Presteigne Gaol and its great eascapes. In stark contrast, learn about the luxurious lives of the judges. There’s really no better place to discover the theatre of the law!
If you would like a taster of this truly remarkable building, you can hear excerpts from our fabulous character audio tour, including Robert Hardy, along with an interview with Historical Consultant, Dr Charles Kightly here: