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

We love our museum and really hope you can come and visit us, to see for yourself what an exciting and varied building The Judge's Lodging really is. As accommodation fit for a Judge, it has lovely rooms for them to stay in. There are service areas for both permanent and visiting servants (the Judge would travel with some of his own, such as his valet who helped him get dressed). It's a bit like a stately home in miniature, except it has a rather unusual addition - not many homes have a vast courtroom, with cells below for prisoners.  Follow these links below or from the sidebar to see just some of the rooms we have:

The legal bookcase

The building


Dining Room

Servants' Hall



Clerk's Room


Local history rooms



Robert Hardy and Dr Kightly, 1997 opening




You can hear excerpts from our fabulous character audiotour, including actor Robert Hardy as Richard Lister Venables,  Chairman of the Magistrates, along with an interview with Historical Consultant Dr Charles Kightly here.


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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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