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Discover more of Lancaster Castle's history with our heraldry and convict databases.
The Shire Hall houses a splendid display of over 650 shields bearing the arms of every English monarch from Richard The Lionheart onward, as well as all the Constables of Lancaster Castle and the High Sheriffs of Lancashire.
Below you will find a selection of illustrations and descriptions of a small part of the collection, concentrating on the Middle Ages. The descriptions are taken from 'Heraldry in the Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle' published by The Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society (2000) We are also grateful to the estate of Mr Robert Milward for donating a wonderful photographic record of the shields.
Where we have it, the biographical information on the sheriffs has been researched by Dr Colin Penny
Below is a list of the convict information we currently hold. It lists all the people tried and sentenced at Lancaster Assize about whom we have some definite evidence.
It is worth noting that 'Lancaster' does not always mean the town (as it was then) but rather the county i.e 'The County of Lancaster' rather than the more modern use- 'Lancashire'. This means that these cases were not tried at the castle at all. Look for another town in brackets (Salford/Manchester/ Liverpool) to see if this applies to your enquiry. Sadly, we do not have any records from these trials and won't be able to help you.