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35. Lancaster (1) The Town, Museum and Castle

Lancashire, England

See also Lancaster (2) The Parish Church of St Mary

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Cafe and a few buildings in Lancaster

The excellent and comfortable Novel Cafe coffee shop in Church street, Lancaster,   - books, art, crafts, food and internet!

 

The old Lancaster library, Juniors entrance!, opposite the Novel Cafe.

 

Museum, the old Town Hall in Market Square - see section on Lancaster's Museum further down page


Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle is situated high above the River Lune.

 

Originally a Norman Castle has been extensively remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. The castle was built half inside and half outside the Roman fort (castrum). The mighty and imposing gatehouse dates from ~1400.

 

In the late 11th century and early 13th century the first motte and bailey were constructed including the mighty keep shown above. Lancaster Castle has been used as a prison, well built for the job!


Lancaster Station

The fine looking building entrance to Lancaster station

 

Virgin Express train at Lancaster station, Lancaster station is on the busy West Coast Mainline, so well connected.

'TRAINSPOTS' Good trainspotting and photographic locations  Barnetby Station, North Lincolnshire  *  Carlisle Station  *  Clapham Junction Station, London  *  Colton Junction, south of York  * Crewe Station  *  Doncaster Station, South Yorkshire  * Lancaster station  * Newcastle Station  *  Northallerton Station  *  Nuneaton Station  *  Sheffield Station  *  Stratford Station, East London York Station, North Yorkshire


Lancaster Museum

Lancaster Museum in Market Square, once the original Town Hall.

 

The front facade and entrance to Lancaster Museum.

 

Neolithic stone tools in Lancaster Museum (flints, axe heads etc.)

 

Grooved? ware pot from the Neolithic or bronze age?

 

Bronze age artefacts, swords, spear heads from a grave, displayed in Lancaster Museum.

 

The Burrow Carvings in Lancaster Museum - probably from a 3rd century Roman mausoleum, temple or shrine. The heads may represent the four winds or four seasons.

 

One of the lions from the Burrow Carvings.

 

Lancaster Museum - a dramatic relief showing a mounted junior officer of the auxiliary cavalry who has decapitated a local native warrior, holding the head in triumph.

 

Lancaster Museum has a visual display illustrating the military history of Lancaster.

 

Lancaster Museum has several very fine stained glass panels designed by E. L. Eaton (1859-1898) made by Shrigley and Hunt.

 

There is a good selection of paintings relating to the landscape and people of Lancaster.

 

Portrait of Sir Thomas Storey, prominent Lancastrian industrialist and philanthropist, painting from ~1892, oil on canvas by Carl Klic.

 

A variety of paintings on the staircase of Lancaster Museum

 

The Roman milestone in Lancaster Museum. The milestone dates from AD 127 to AD 138 from the time of the Emperor Hadrian.

 

See also Lancaster (2) The Parish Church of St Mary

 

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