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

Servants Hall

Used as a common room by the servants, this dingy but cosy room is lit by open flame gaslights. Installed originally in 1860, the gas was only put into the ‘below stairs’ areas, to test its usefulness and safety on the servants! Homely delights such as a sock-making machine, magic lantern (Victorian slide projector) and knife cleaners can be discovered.

< Previous Room
Next Room >

News

Forthcoming Events

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.

Historical Handy Hints

Recipes