Your ghost hunt at The Judge’s Lodgings in Presteigne will take you back in time. This intriguing and fascinating building is rarely investigated, yet it makes for a fascinating ghost hunt experience.
The main lighting source at this location is provided by oil and gas light, just like it would have been in its original working state. The distinct smell of the oil and gas burning is unusual to our modern-day life style and along with the constant flickering of flame light gives you an insight into what life would have been like to anyone that worked/lived on these premises.
Your ghost hunt at The Judge’s Lodgings will see you exploring all areas of the building made available to us, where you will be able to experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. Plus, for those comfortable enough – Ouija boards will also be on hand for you to use – all to aid your communication with the dead. Also, you will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use whilst you carry out your ghost hunt. Taking part in spirit call-outs and wait to see what happens in the silence that follows. Haunted Houses likes to work in small teams to give you the very best experience possible. For the very brave lone vigils (ghost hunting in a room all alone) are very popular and plenty of opportunities to do so will be given.
The Judge’s Lodgings is said to be haunted by the spirits of the previous convicts who entered it’s doors, or servants who ran the house hold and of course, that of the Judges who worked the courtroom and called this building their home.
It has been reported that many have refused to leave the building after their death, Quick moving shadows have been witnessed moving through doorways and causing loud noises to rattle through the building. The cries of a woman is frequently heard who was sentenced to death within these walls, It is said that she wanders the location searching out her missing child, a child which she was sentenced for murdering.
The downstairs servant’s area is said to be rife with lots of un-godly noises, including growls and grunts from behind you in the room you stand. Icy cold winds have been felt blowing across the unwary, and items have been known to of been “kicked” or “thrown” around in front of your eyes.
Our visits here to this location have seen our guests freeze in fright, as metal watering cans lying on the ground were unexplainably dragged over the stone floor when nobody was near them!!
The Cells below the courtroom have been known to slam shut seemingly all by themselves – followed by a knocking sounds coming from inside the claustrophobic lock up. Whistles have been heard on many occasions, as well as strange lights that seem to flutter up and down the stair in the pure darkness.
The border town of Presteigne changed forever in the 1530’s with the murder of a judge in Rhayader; it was then no longer classed as a safe enough town for eminent men to stay so in 1542 Presteigne was chosen as a suitable alternative. It then began its life as the legal seat of Radnorshire that lasted for more than 400 years.
In the early 1800’s the town was thriving in its legal role for the county. Due to the old Shire Hall being on the brink of collapse, in 1826 Edward Haycock was commissioned to be the architect for the new buildings. The old gaol was demolished and a new one built, however, it wasn’t until 1829 that the lodging rooms were furnished, and the Judge’s lodging deemed complete. On 24th August the first Great Session began, a horse thief was sentenced to death and a man who stole clothing from his employer was sentenced to 14 years transportation. As you can see the punishment was harsh in those days, as was life itself!
The grand building has had many uses over the years. In 1834 it was decided that the Judge’s apartments should be rented out when not in use. The 1860’s saw lectures, brass band concerts, a military mess and fancy-dress balls were held which continued into the 20th century. It was even the local museum and library. However, it was not until 1970 that the building bid a fond farewell to the judges and the lesser criminal matters were dealt with by the magistrates.
Try to imagine the household how it appeared back in the day. The servants bustling through the house, the stress the judges had to endure whilst contemplating a conviction, people wandering through the night with just an oil lamp or candle to light their way. Maybe the flicker of light you see in the distance isn’t another person’s torch but the light from the candle of a judge wandering the house or a member of staff continuing on with their housework.
You can imagine the amount of people to pass through this building within its many uses; it is quite possible that some of their spirits still remain behind today! Maybe even the architect due to his love for his work still roams these rooms or the Judge committed to his job making sure that justice is served!
The building reopened on 24th May 1997 and the apartments have been stunningly restored and many original features are still intact, when the attics were checked it appeared the housekeepers never threw anything away. They were full of furniture, glassware, silverware and portraits. Could some of these objects be holding the spirit of past residents or staff within the house? People often attach themselves to objects.
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