Set within an ornate frame, this badly degraded inscription (ILC 1845) is found on the frontage of this elegant building, and refers to former occupiers, John (1784-1851) and Celia Leach (1787-1851). The building was originally a dispensary (established by public subscription 1785) that administered basic medical care to the town’s poor until 1832.
It’s been suggested that the frame originally held a much more elaborate plaque with a tableau depicting the Good Samaritan, and which is now set into an entrance of Lancaster’s general hospital, The Royal Lancaster Infirmary. However, the Infirmary plaque has always seemed to me to be too big to fit the available space. I’d be interested if anyone has considered this or knows if the plaque was originally set on this building on Castle Hill.
Location: Castle Hill, Lancaster, UK.