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The Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
Lancaster is a city and district of Lancashire. it includes the historic city of the same name, as well as other towns including Morecambe.

LGBT History

In 1806 and 1810 men were hanged at Lancaster Castle after being convicted of sodomy offences [1].

Lancaster GLF was listed in Gay News issue 1.

Humphry Berkeley Conservative M.P. for Lancaster (1959-1966) sponsored a Sexual Offences Bill in 1966 which sought to partially decriminalise homosexual acts. The Bill ran out of time before Parliament was dissolved and Berkeley lost his seat at the ensuing General Election [2].

Lancaster CHE Group was founded in Lancaster in the autumn of 1972, but never actually recognised as a CHE group.

In 2009 the Lancaster District Local Strategic Parnership LGBT Community Focus Group published the results of research carried out by CN Research Ltd.[3]

The New Albert was established as a gay pub in 2012.[4]

Virtual Lancaster has a page listing LGBT resources[5]

External links


  1. Dr Colin Penny 'Gay Graffiti at Lancaster Castle' talk as part of LGBT History Month 11 Feb 2021
  2. Sexual Offences Bill 1966 Hansard HC Deb 11 February 1966 vol 724 cc782-874
  3. (PDF file)
  4. (version as at 22 October 2015 archived at
  5. (Version as at 23 August 2013 archived at