Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
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.

  • Ownership

    Our neighbour's fence- the one that encloses his/her chickens- makes a regular clicking noise. You can hear it at quite a distance. I think…

  • Moony

    I've been thinking about the Moon. Franco De Nicola- whose videos I've been watching- tells me the Moon's an artificial satellite,…

  • Drumming My Heels

    The wall is four to five feet high. I'd like to sit on top of it- in the sun- and look out at the field. But can I get up that high? Oh, stop…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.