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Lancaster [Apr. 16th, 2019|03:47 pm]
Tony Grist


I asked my daughter- who was a student at the University- for her impressions of Lancaster and one of the words she used was "dark"- which is a word I was planning to use myself- and neither of us was thinking entirely in terms of smoke-blackened stone. What other great city has a prison at its heart? HMP Lancaster was taken out of commission in 2011 but misery still leaks downhill from the medieval castle that used to house it. The Lancashire witches were held here, as were the Catholic martyrs of an earlier generation- and in the 19th century- after executions moved indoors- 200 people died here by the rope.

The Priory Church next door is full of Victorian glass and battle flags.

All in all, a difficult city to love.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-04-16 05:59 pm (UTC)

Ah but I DO love Lancaster as it was the first city I ever
visited in England and where I first fell in love with the Isles. And that started a lifelong love affair that hasn't ended yet. I well remember that first visit to the places you name with a most excellent Blue Badge guide who planted the seeds of wanting more ...and more....historical knowledge about where we were. So perhaps for rather odd reasons I do not find it a place hard to love. Sentimental me. Thank you for the memories!
(But yes, a very dark history!)



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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-17 07:14 am (UTC)
I'll grant that it's a very handsome city- lots of fine architecture. And maybe it wears a different aspect on a bright sunshiny day.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-04-16 08:37 pm (UTC)
I lived near the city for awhile back in the eighties.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-04-17 07:16 am (UTC)
Two of my kids went to Lancaster Uni. That's the extent of my previous association with the place.
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