Does anyone know why Sir Simon’s Arcade is so called?
Staff at the Lancaster Reference Library and the City Museum have been unable to ascertain the origin. Can anyone help?
Andrew White informs us that the name comes from Sir Simon Lovat, a Jacobite sympathiser, whose portrait was painted by Hogarth and who was executed in London. There was a pub called after him on roughly the site of the present Diggles which was the chief coaching inn of Lancaster, and the Arcade took the name of the pub.