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

The Judge's Lodging and the National Curriculum

The Judge's Lodging is an invaluable resource and learning experience for Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. It is ideal for the study of the Victorians within the National Curriculum and can be approached from a range of perspectives: social; cultural; technological; political and aesthetic. Students can compare many aspects of the past to those of the present and use our 'Hands On' policy to experience these differences for themselves.

History in your hands

The Judge's Lodging is a real working Victorian house and is exceptional in allowing total freedom to touch everything. Visitors are actively encouraged to sit down, look in drawers, pump water, experiment with kitchen appliances and even test beds for comfort. (We would rather you didn't use the commodes!). This proves invaluable in creating a relaxed and stimulating environment in which to learn.

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    Holder of The Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2010 Sandford Award






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Strange But True

  • 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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