The Georgian & Regency Tour of Lancaster

The year is 1803. King George III has never visited his duchy of Lancaster but do not let that stop YOU. Lancaster is a town bustling with inns, a busy port and the summer assizes...but it's also 'the hanging town.'

Amidst an air of classical respectability, this is a town with sinister origins and its own criminal underworld.

Explore Lancaster as it enters the modern age but beware coachmen of ill repute.

Meet 'Johnny' Eccleston, coachman of the 'Perseverance' and your guide.

Tour of Lancaster, Tom as coachman.

The Tour

A stroll into the past

Explore Lancaster through the eyes of those working its roads, admiring beautiful historic buildings as you hear tales of everyday industries, visiting Jacobites and the grim reality of triangular trade.

Connect replica items and imagery with the real, everyday stories of Lancaster's citizens from all walks of life.

Learn fascinating local facts, from a professional, costumed guide, whilst walking the historic streets of Lancaster...a district boasting over thirteen hundred listed buildings and structures.

 

Your Guide

Tom Hudson is an Oxford graduate, with over a decade's worth of experience working within heritage. He has guided in Surrey, Kent, Lancashire and Cheshire since 2013.

 

"Back in London now but thank you so much for your tour of Lancaster yesterday. Christine and I really enjoyed it. You spoke well and clearly even tho in character and linked up for me many of the buildings I had noticed as I walked to and fro. It's a really good enterprise and I wish you luck."

Elizabeth

"Brilliant tour by a well informed guide. Highly recommended. Lived in the area for over forty years but learnt so much." 

Lindsey W

 

"Really interesting tour, this was an engaging tour round Lancaster's Georgian history, which evoked a real sense of the town's history... I've lived in Lancaster for 20 years and listened to new stories and tales of Lancaster and its people. Would definitely recommend." 

Sionadh C

"This was a fantastic tour of Georgian Lancaster. Really brought the character of the town and its people to life during this era. Great fun, excellent tour guide, full of character with lots of stories to tell." 

Helen B

"The Georgian guide, John, was both engaging and very informative . The highlight was being able to go inside one of Lancasters hidden Georgian gems, I'll leave it as a surprise.....I am pretty well read on the history of Lancaster but Georgian John offered up some fascinating personal stories of individuals of the era.....Would highly recommend" 

Alan Maguire

A brief history of Carlisle, Chester and Lancaster

Scroll through the timeline to discover some fascinating local facts...

1714 
1717
1732 
1745 
1758
1775 
1779 
1788
1797 
1798
1801 
1803
1810
1815
1819
1820
1832
1837

 Death of Anne I, the last Stuart monarch

Carlisle town hall built

 Lancaster’s port breaks free of Chester’s control (www.visitlancaster.org.uk)  

Precautionary walling up of Chester’s Watergate and Northgate against Jacobites 

Bonnie Prince Charlie arrives in Lancaster with 5000 Jacobites (www.visitlancaster.org.uk

Carlisle besieged and captured by Bonnie Prince Charlie

Carlisle-Newcastle turnpike road constructed

John Poole publishes Chester Chronicle  

Chester-Nantwich Canal opens (www.gps-routes.co.uk)   

 Skerton Bridge built in Lancaster  

John Rennie’s Wyre Viaduct opens for Lancaster’s canal (www.lancaster.gov.uk

Wedding of novelist Sir Walter Scott in Carlisle 

The Carlisle Journal newspaper introduced

William Minshull 
publishes Lancaster Gazette  

Start of Napoleonic Wars  

Demolition of Chester's Pentice

New courthouse built in Carlisle

Wigan highwayman George Lyon hanged in Lancaster

Gas lighting introduced in Carlisle and Lancaster

Duke of Wellington visits Park House, Chester 

Princess Victoria opens the Grosvenor Bridge in Chester   

Great Reform Act

"The worst army hospital in Britain" built within Carlisle Castle

 Grasshopper Tea Warehouse opens in Lancaster 
(www.thecoffeehopper.com)     

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