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There is no shortage of things to do on a wet day in the Presteigne area.
This imposing building in Broad Street, Presteigne is a gem of a museum . It is deceptive in size and is much larger than the frontage suggests.
"The most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales. That is how Lord Chief Justice Campbell saw The Judge's Lodging when staying there in the 1850's."
It houses not only the Judge’s Lodging but Police Cells and the Court Room - where masks + audi-tapes allow visitors to act out 19th century court cases heard in that very Court Room - usually ending with the defendant being sent to the cells below!
It contains a treasure chest full of local history cleverly linked to national and world history. It is not surprising to hear that it undertakes a great deal of educational work and is a popular venue for school groups and history teachers.
The publicity leaflet advised 1.5 hours for a full visit . We were there for over two hours - very friendly and helpful museum staff kindly waited for us so we did not have to spend a night locked in the cells !
Updated Jan 15, 2008
Address: The Judge’s Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne.
Phone: 01544 260650
A picture-book 14th century, black and white timbered building on the side of a cobbled square opposite the open covered market. Inside locals rub shoulders with passing visitors and tourists. We went there twice at lunchtime and enjoyed a variety of typical pub food - bowls of soup and crusty bread; a Welsh Ploughman's, with Harlech cheese, a fish lasagne, all served with generous side salads and perfect chips. Puddings looked delicious but we did not manage one.
The evening menu looked very tempting and good value too .
An excellent selection of real ales and local cider is served as well as real fruit drinks.
We liked the homely feel of the sitting /dining room with rather domestic, slightly old-fashioned style tables and chairs and chintzy sofas. … bowls of flowers, family photographs books and magazines.
Updated Jan 15, 2008
Address: The New Inn, Market Square, Pembridge, HR6 9DZ
Phone: 01544 388 427