Judges' Lodgings

Lancashire, LA1 1YS

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Lancaster's oldest existing townhouse will reopen on 21 July 2018.

George Romney, Portrait of Abraham Rawlinson, MP of Ellel Hall, near Lancaster by George Romney, circa 1765-1767

The current house was built around 1625 although there is evidence of buildings on the site dating back to Roman times - the remains of a Roman kiln were discovered in the garden.

Originally the home of Thomas Covell, Mayor of Lancaster and Keeper of Lancaster Castle, between 1776 and 1975 it became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court.

The museum is now home to a renowned collection of furniture made by the Lancaster firm, Gillows, displayed in Regency period room settings. Robert Gillow was selling fashionable furniture to the upper middle classes 20 years before Thomas Chippendale and is mentioned in the novels of Jane Austen, William Makepeace Thackeray and an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Museum of Childhood explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present and includes a nursery and reconstructed classroom.

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Opening times

The museum is open three days a week between Easter and October, please visit the Judges' Lodgings website for more details.

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)