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Arrival of Prisoners at Lancaster Castle

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This watercolour, by an unknown artist, illustrates the arrival at the castle of a gang of poachers. The poachers were caught after a gamekeeper was shot dead on the Fitzherbert Brockholes estates at Claughton near Garstang in 1827.

The poachers are all shackled by the legs. The men in the light greatcoats are the Constables. A closer inspection also reveals a pick pocket and an upset cart - just part of the mayhem of the watching crowd.