Lancaster is a hidden gem and is not on the main Japanese or American tourist route. However all that is about to change with one of Britain’s most prestigious castles becoming available to the public. Lancaster Castle, so important in British history, has been a prison for many years with only a small section open to the public.
Now Chris Abram has been behind the walls, and flown over it, to record its hidden side when the prison closed and before it becomes a tourist venue and hotel. We visit the original cell that the “Pendle Witches” were held in and we see just how modern prisoners lived.
A once important Roman town we visit the Werry Wall and Bath House. The historic St. George’s Quay with a behind the scenes look in the Maritime Museum and Harpsichord maker Robert Deegan. We see the ancient art of Viking Haaf Net fishing from 1966 and the current day. Experiencing the Quaker slave traders, the profits they made and Sunderland Point and Sambo. Uniquely we experience their friendliness in Georgian times with a visit to a unique four seater “thunderbox” toilet. Unique film of the last lady lighthouse keeper of Cockersands.
And where was Lancaster’s famous Observatory? What can still be seen? Where does the historic Mill Race still run under the streets of the city?
Where can be seen hand carved wooden spars for the wartime Mosquito fighter bomber? We go behind the scenes in the Judges Lodgings and sample the aroma of Atkinson’s coffee.
Experience what it is like standing next door to the Town Hall clock mechanism when it strikes twelve noon! Or to sit beside the organist as he plays his own composition on the magnificent £1M Ashton Hall organ and then take a look behind the façade to examine its pipes and bellows. We find out what goes on behind the scenes in organising the Mayor. The Grand Theatre in all its splendour and The Dukes Theatre.
Foul murder in Dalton Square and down the alleys of the city centre with their intriguing names. Lancaster’s regiment, The Kings Own, march off to do battle in 1914 at The Somme and Ypres, many smiling faces never to return. Where was there an internment Camp in Lancaster? The discovery of the Unique Cavalry Stone and who was it for? Film inside Mitchell’s Brewery when it was in full production and a look behind its modern successor, the Lancaster Brewery.
There is much, much more and also, as Chris works very closely with the North West Film Archive, he is able to include historic footage of times past. Add to this his aerial footage of the city and you have a truly captivating view of the hidden treasures of Lancaster.