Singaporetourismmap: Lancaster Castle

We've of late returned from a flight see dorsum to the UK. Whilst that fourth dimension was primarily spent amongst our families nosotros managed to check inwards a dyad of solar daytime trips out, the showtime of which was to Lancaster castle.

As you'll know the U.K. at this fourth dimension of twelvemonth for certain isn't every bit warm every bit Singapore together with the solar daytime nosotros visited Lancaster castle was no exception. It was bracing to say the to the lowest degree together with warm drinks at the destination of our see were really welcome! My photos are deceptive in that place was definitely a slap-up breeze that day.

The Gatehouse, entrance to Lancaster Castle

I knew nada virtually Lancaster Castle earlier our see together with had no thought it was quite unique inwards that it was existence used every bit a prison theatre upwards until March 2011 together with business office of the edifice is yet used every bit a Crown Court. In fact on the solar daytime nosotros visited in that place was a sitting inwards progress then nosotros were non able to sentiment all of the building. As it is yet used every bit a courtroom this also way you lot are restricted on photograph taking inwards unopen to parts too, regardless of whether the courtroom is inwards session or not. 

The early on history of the castle is non clear but it is believed it was founded inwards the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort. In 1164 the Honour of Lancaster (basically a large estate) which included the castle came nether Royal command together with it was showtime used every bit a prison theatre inwards 1196 amongst its purpose every bit such becoming far to a greater extent than of import after the English linguistic communication Civil War together with continuing after that.

Entering through the Gatehouse you lot are faced amongst the sentiment inwards my photograph above. Quite a daunting site I imagine if you lot had been sent hither every bit a prisoner. Before nosotros entered the edifice our guide gave us a chip of an overview of the history of the castle together with pointed out the Well Tower or Witches Tower (in my photograph below). We weren't able to larn inwards this edifice but this was where the Pendle witches were held whilst awaiting lawsuit hither inwards 1612. In representative you lot haven't heard of them the witches lived during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603) together with James I (1603 - 1625). James I had a potent belief inwards witchcraft together with passed an Act imposing the expiry penalization on whatever i defendant of it. The Pendle witches were 2 families (from Pendle) headed yesteryear 2 elderly widows, several of who were defendant of existence involved inwards witchcraft. The lawsuit took house inwards August 1612, 10 people were constitute guilty, sentenced to expiry together with afterwards hanged on a moor close Lancaster.

The exterior of C-Wing

After our introduction the tour began yesteryear us entering the door correct likewise the white cordoned off expanse you lot tin run across through the gates inwards the photograph above. If you lot desire to see yourself delight regime annotation that you lot cause got to bring together a guided tour, due to parts yet existence a working court. Inside hither nosotros were non permitted to accept whatever photographs but this expanse was the prison theatre laundry when it was lastly inwards use. Being such an old edifice it seemed pretty spartan inside, though, of course, bar a few signs indicating what it was previously used for it is directly merely a largely opened upwards room.

We were taken to sentiment the room that directly houses the jury when they sit down to brand their decisions. From this room you lot tin run across the 'hanging corner' where, every bit the holler suggests, executions took house upwards until 1865. We were told that entirely a handful of executions were for murder amongst many to a greater extent than existence for other crimes such every bit burglary together with robbery. Our guide explained that after the execution the bodies could non live buried inwards the local church building yard then many were buried inwards the dry reason straight beneath the hanging corner which is directly a motorcar park. Quite a chilling thought. We were also taken to what is known every bit the Drop Room where nosotros could run across relics of many executions together with the types of implements that were used to restrain together with punish prisoners.

The Well Tower or Witches Tower (where the Pendle witches were held whilst awaiting lawsuit at Lancaster castle)

As nosotros came dorsum downwardly from these rooms to travel out this business office of the castle nosotros were shown unopen to of the master copy prison theatre cells. These cells were rediscovered inwards 1931 together with the thick oak doors on them cause got been dated dorsum to the 16th century. You tin larn inwards the cells on the tour (including i amongst no lighting) to sense how pocket-sized together with cramped they would cause got been. At the fourth dimension of their usage the entirely way of calorie-free was from a pocket-sized opening inwards a higher house the door which could also live closed plunging the inhabitants into full darkness. One of the cells is also reportedly haunted, presumably yesteryear the ghost of a old prisoner.

Inside C-Wing

The lastly business office of the tour took us into C-Wing, the lastly business office of the castle to yet live used every bit a prison. As I mentioned it entirely closed inwards 2011 then this business office has been left pretty much every bit it was prior to closure. This meant nosotros got to run across within to a greater extent than modern prison theatre cells. They yet didn't await that pleasant but champaign non every bit nighttime together with muddied every bit the really old cells we'd seen before. We also saw where the prisoners were served their meals together with could await upwards the stairs at the floors above, but you lot tin entirely await at the cells on the dry reason floor.

Our tour of the castle concluded hither together with every bit I mentioned it was a pretty mutual coldness solar daytime then nosotros made a hasty retreat to the java store for a warm drink. The tour was actually interesting together with our guide was excellent, keeping it relevant for both the adults together with children inwards our group. If you lot are inwards the expanse I definitely recommend a visit.


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