The Judges’ Lodgings has been residence to many significant men over its history, however its most famous occupant is Thomas Covell who lived there from 1590 - 1638.
During his time in Lancaster, Covell held many important positions including Keeper of Lancaster Castle, County Magistrate and Coroner. Covell’s position as Keeper of Lancaster Castle meant that he was responsible for the imprisonment, interrogation and execution of those unfortunate enough to fall into his hands - including the Pendle Witches. In 1612 the Pendle Witches were arrested and brought to Lancaster for trial. They were imprisoned at Lancaster Castlewhere they were kept in atrocious conditions. Covell was the man responsible for them until their trial on 20th August 1612.