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

The Judges Lodging Building

Opened in 1829 as a combination of court room, accommodation for judges, and administrative centre for the county of Radnorshire. The total building cost was just over £7,000 (about the cost of just one carpet during restoration work!) It has been restored to its colour scheme of 1865, when it was painted in yellow ochre and brown with 'Carson's Anti-Corrosive Paint'. The colours have been matched from samples surviving beneath later finishes. The stone-coloured columns are in fact cast iron, much cheaper than real stone - a true penny-pinching exercise!

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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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