LAN­CASTER

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Recorded in the Domes­day book as ‘Lan­cas­tre’ (mean­ing ‘Ro­man fort on the River Lune’), the county town of Lan­cashire has a long and var­ied his­tory. The 11th-cen­tury Nor­man cas­tle was built as a de­fence against the Scots, but it is per­haps most fa­mous for its dark past as a place of per­se­cu­tion and pun­ish­ment. As home to the old­est work­ing court­room in Bri­tain – where more death sen­tences were passed than any­where in the coun­try – it earned Lan­caster the grim nick­name of ‘hang­ing town’. It was here that the in­fa­mous Pen­dle witches were put on trial in 1612. En­ter at your own peril.

Visit: take a turn around Wil­liamson Park, where you’ll find the grand Ash­ton Me­mo­rial, built in the early 1900s. For un­par­al­leled views of the Lune, head to the 18th-cen­tury aqueduct, and when your feet get tired from walk­ing, see the city from two wheels via the Way of the Roses cy­cle route, which passes right through (vis­it­lancashire.com).

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