Summer Outing to Lancashire

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Visit to the Judge's Lodgings, Lancaster and Leighton Hall Carnforth.

The Judge's Lodgings were once the home of Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle. Thomas Covell was involved in investigating the 'Pendle Witches' from East Lancashire, who were executed in 1612. Assize Court Judges used to stay in the lodgings between 1775-1975 while the Assize Courts were in session in Lancaster Castle. Their robes will be on display. So too will be the history and furniture of the world famous Lancaster cabinetmakers - Gillow and Company. There will be a chance to look at the Lancaster Priory next door, if time permits.

Following a two-course lunch at The Borough, proceed to Leighton Hall set in a bowl of parkland with the whole panorama of the Lakeland Fells rising behind. The Hall's neo-gothic facade was superimposed on an 18th-century house, which in turn had been built on the ruins of the medieval house. The house contains fine pictures, clocks, silver and a collection of eighteenth-century Gillow furniture as the owner is descended from the founder of Gillow and Company.

If the weather is fine, enjoy the herbaceous border and Walled Garden with its ornamental vegetable garden, caterpillar maze and Woodland Walk. Tea will be served before departure.

Venue details

Judges' Lodgings Church Street, LANCASTER Lancashire LA1 1YS 01524 32808 www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums