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.
A brief history of Carlisle, Chester and Lancaster
Scroll through the timeline to discover some fascinating local facts...
Death of Anne I, the last Stuart monarch
Carlisle town hall built
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
Skerton Bridge built in Lancaster
The Carlisle Journal newspaper introduced
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