Historic Judges Lodgings in Aylesbury to open to the public for Buckinghamshire Day – Sun 28th July 2019
On Buckinghamshire Day 2019, Sunday 28th July, the historic Judges Lodgings in Aylesbury will open to public.
Built in 1849-50 the Lodgings were originally built to accommodate Assizes judges visiting Aylesbury and were in use up to 1970.
The free event is being held to celebrate Buckinghamshire Day. Between 10.00am and 3.30pm there will be several rarely seen pieces from the county archive on display, as well as guided tours of the building and tea and cake served.
The event is being supported by County Council Chairman, Cllr Brian Roberts, who commented on the importance of exploring local history: ‘As we move into a new era for Buckinghamshire it’s valuable to look back at where we’ve come from and see how much things have changed over the centuries.
Some truly fascinating archives will be displayed, some of which are centuries old and very rare, all within the walls of a county town landmark.
The Judges Lodgings is still in use as a council office so it is not often open to the public, but it is home to fascinating paintings, furniture, and artefacts which rich and vivid picture of our county’s history. I believe it’s good for people to appreciate and celebrate their county’s heritage, so I hope lots of people will take advantage of this free event.‘
Although entry to the event is free the tours need to be booked in advance and visitors can make donations to the Chairman’s chosen charity if they wish.
The tours will take around 45 minutes and start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, and 2.00pm. Visitors will be guided by retired County Archivist Roger Bettridge, who has a wealth of knowledge about the Lodgings rooms, contents, and history.
The exhibition will be open all day from 10.00am to 3.30pm for visitors to drop in whenever they wish. It will feature historic county documents such as the charter from 1553 which established the borough of Buckingham, signed by Queen Mary, and the oldest document from the archive, a charter for Biddlesden Abbey, from 1155.
There are 15 places available on each timed tour, starting promptly at the advertised time. Tickets are free but must be booked at the following link. The event will be accessible for wheelchair users.