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

Stay at home judge Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Judge’s Lodging is closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We will remain closed until the Welsh Government advice changes on public spaces such as ours.

However, WE’RE STILL HERE!  Whilst we’re closed we will aim to post things to entertain, educate and interest (hopefully!) on our social media for every day we would have been open. If you don’t already follow us, here are the links to Facebook and  Twitter.


If you want to get in touch, please do email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can  info@judgeslodging org.uk

Thank you for your support and we really hope we get to see everyone soon.

Stay Safe


Development Manager, The Judge’s Lodging


 Discover the 'upstairs, downstairs' life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests.


 Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales' (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned Radnorshire's disused Shire Hall into obscurity. Now, aided by an interior hardly touched by time and original furnishings discarded in attics, extensive research and restoration has re-awakened this ‘Victorian fossil'.

judge's wig

From the stunningly restored judge's apartments to the dingy servants' quarters below you can explore their gaslit world. Damp cells remind you of the building's true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination in captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.

Visitors to the building are accompanied by an eavesdropping audiotour of voices from the past; you will hear their tale, from Mary the hardworking maid, to Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates and employer of the famous diarist Francis Kilvert, portrayed by actor Robert Hardy.

You can hear excerpts from our fabulous character audiotour, including Robert Hardy, along with an interview with Historical Consultant, Dr Charles Kightly here  (this will open in the Media Player you use).

Click here to take a quick tour of some of the fascinating rooms.

An historic house with a difference, our total ‘hands-on' policy allows you to actually sit in the judge's chair, study his books, even pump water in the kitchen (although we would rather you did not use the commodes!).


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