Book: 'Lancaster Castle: A Brief History' by John Champness
Lancaster Castle has dominated the town for centuries, both by its military might and through its use as the seat of justice and local government in the County Palatine. However, since it has long been a prison, most of its buildings are not well-known.
This little book written by the County Council’s Conservation Officer, attempts to remedy this. It explains the growth of the Castle and relates the changes in its buildings to the lives and needs of the people who used them or suffered punishment there.
Much of the book’s interest lies in its illustrations. Many of them, including nine watercolours commissioned in 1800 to celebrate (somewhat prematurely!) the major rebuilding of the Castle, have never been published before.