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The Scales of Justice - Lancaster Castle

“Grade I listed building Lancaster Castle is one of the most fascinating surviving historic buildings in the country. Its beginnings date back to Roman times when, from its commanding position on the hill overlooking the town of Lancaster and the River Lune, it stood as a bastion against the marauding forces of the ancient Picts and Scots tribes.

Owned by The Duchy of Lancaster (Her Majesty the Queen is the Duke of Lancaster), the castle has witnessed scenes of significant historical, cultural and political impact throughout the centuries. These include incidents of religious persecution, the trials of the ‘Lancashire Witches’ and 200 executions for everything from murder to stealing cattle. From the late 18th Century, the Castle was substantially modified for use as a court and prison. It was a fully functioning HM Prison until 2011 and today it is a magnificent ‘living’ monument, offering a glimpse into England’s often dark past through tours and special events enjoyed by modern day visitors of all ages.”

English Heritage has described the Castle as being “not only the North-West’s most important historic and archaeological monument but also of international importance.”

The Duchy of Lancaster has commissioned a £3m programme of remedial and restorative works designed to protect the historic fabric of Lancaster Castle. The Duchy team are working with heritage architects, archaeological specialists, structural engineers and conservationists to restore the Castle to a weatherproof, watertight and structurally sound condition.

We were asked to carefully remove and restore the scales of justice and replace the missing pan and chain and reinstate on the statue of the lady of justice, situated in the main courtyard.

The existing scales were in a poor condition, suffering from corrosion, distorted and missing a scale pan and fixing collar.

The existing scales were in a poor condition, suffering from corrosion, distorted and missing a scale pan and fixing collar.

The scales were carefully removed from the statue of the lady of justice and returned to our workshop.

The scales were carefully removed from the statue of the lady of justice and returned to our workshop.

The original copper scale pan was used as reference to enable us to make an exact replica.

The original copper scale pan was used as reference to enable us to make an exact replica.

The new replica pan and chain handmade in copper.

The new replica pan and chain handmade in copper.

The replacement scale parts were patinated to closely match the original (photo taken before patination).

The replacement scale parts were patinated to closely match the original (photo taken before patination).

The restored scales were carefully installed onto the statue on site.

The restored scales were carefully installed onto the statue on site.

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