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

Dinning Room

Used for Judge's Dinners, Militia Dinners and other official functions. Dining rooms such as this were intended to convey masculine grandeur and were often red. Lit only by beeswax candles, since gas and oil lamps were believed to taint food. Huge portraits of Radnorshire dignitaries look down on you as you explore the multitude of glasses and silverware it took to present even a simple meal in such a grand house.

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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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