Step inside one of “the most elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales” (the words of a judge back in 1855) and back in time with a visit to The Judge’s Lodging. This attraction has changed little since its Victorian heyday as a judge’s home, and visitors can still see the original furniture, the holding cells and the courtroom. They can even peer into the gloomy servants rooms on the ground floor and hear the sounds of the trials that once decided the fates of local people on this very site.
Shire Hall is more a preserved house than a museum, as many of the original furnishings were found stored in the attic and it was rearranged how it would have looked during the Victorian era. The judge’s apartments have been beautifully restored so visitors can get a glimpse of the opulence they would have enjoyed, and as the sounds of old trials echo throughout the huge courtroom it’s impossible not to feel daunted at the thought of standing to be judged as rows of onlookers stared.
Find out what happened to the duck thief, William Morgan, who experienced exactly that in the courtroom, and listen as character voices bring the past to life via the audio tour.