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

Prison Cell Door

There are two sets of cells for you to visit - the original 1820s pair is furnished with straw mattress and privy. Stairs outside the heavy doors lead straight to the dock. Graffiti, with prisoners' names and their sentences can be seen scratched on the wall at the foot of the stair. The upstairs cells are c. 1900 additions and contain displays on the Radnorshire Constabulary, the judges and Presteigne gaol - reputedly one of the worst in Britain.

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  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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