Archive for the ‘Parlington Estate’ Category

1916 Miner’s Death at Garforth Colliery

Monday, November 19th, 2012

A recent purchase of a facsimile of a notice of compensation to the dependants of a miner, Eder Gee, killed at work in the Garforth Colliery in July 1916, adds to the compilation of data I am collecting about the collieries owned by the Gascoigne family. I have underway a major article about the mines which will be added to the history site in due course.

Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

On Remembrance Day, it is fitting to recall here the loss of one of the Parlington Estate workers in March 1918. The details were uncovered during my Parlington Research by a fellow historian. His loss acts as a reminder of the many, so many, lost in battles, none more futile than those scythed away in the First World War. Always termed the Great War until it was deposed by the events of 1939-1945.

26th October 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Today was beautiful, the shades of colour in Parlington, reminding you of the wonder of life. But in the centre of Aberford gathering at St Ricarius church, were many mourners in what seemed like all the village turning out, indeed the church was full to the brim, a fitting tribute to the sad death of Pru Howson, who died earlier this month. I have known David and Pru ever since I came to Aberford in ’95 and they have always been both kind and helpful. Pru like David was born and bred in the village, and lived her entire life here. She had seen much change over the course of her seventy years, born during the war in 1942, one of the special few delivered at Hazlewood Castle, when it was turned over to a hospital for the period of the war. She was educated at the village primary school and went on to attend Parlington secondary school, which had been created by modifying the army barracks left behind after the army departed in the post war years.

October, Picture Post

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Above a lovely frosty wistful morning at Parlington, rendered into monochrome with a touch of stylised work, to make it more wintery.

Then at the end of the day, a watercolour like, washed out sunset at Parlington.

Georgian Garden Buildings

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Some months ago, in fact towards the end of last year I was contacted by a lady who was jointly producing a book on Georgian garden buildings. She had alighted on an image of mine of the Triumphal Arch at Parlington, being one of many I had posted on Flickr. Initially I was sceptical, having had numerous requests for photographs, but after contact by email, it seemed that a genuine request was indeed the case. I was slightly puzzled by the picture in question on the request as I thought it pretty average, and by no means my best shot of the arch. However, after a sending a suitably sized copy for print purposes, I was assured that the image was fine and would go forward into the review process, and if selected it would appear in the book, for my trouble I would receive a copy FOC once published. I was delighted to learn that it was to be included, and felt that my efforts to bring to the fore the largely unnoticed Gascoigne treasures on the Parlington Estate was having some effect.

Triumphal Arch to Feature in New Book

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Some time ago I was contacted by a lady who was researching for a book about Georgian garden buildings, she had come across one of my pictures of the Triumphal Arch on Flickr and requested it be included for consideration in the upcoming book about Georgian garden buildings. Naturally I was pleased one of my pictures was in contention for a place in the book, although I have to say its not the one I would have used, however, never look a gift horse in the mouth… and anything which raises the profile of Parlington gets my vote!

eBay Irritations, am I being Gazumpted? [Rant]

Monday, November 29th, 2010

A recent eBay auction for a postcard of Parlington Hall circa 1941 went beyond my budget and I was disappointed to miss the card, however I made some enquiries and did manage to obtain a reasonable digital version; frankly this is all I need to do analysis and set out the conclusions in future articles, the actual card is not required. But we seem to be going in the same direction again with a postcard presently on eBay which is from the post WW2 period. The same image turned up some years ago as part of a five way postcard, but as used in that way was cropped and therefore only revealed aspects of the Hall itself, missing a large Cedar and some details in the gardens which can be seen in the individual preview of the postcard presently taking bids. Preview picture, below.

The Cellar is Consigned to History Again

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

My excavations that re-discovered the cellar in the summer of 2005 as documented here on the Parlington History site are being consigned to history AGAIN! Sadly, the location is being filled with cheap rubble and demolition waste, not even clean stone is being used. The stairway to the cellar built almost certainly in the 1730′s at the behest of Sir Edward Gascoigne, when he constructed the central block that would endure as Parlington’s main elevation for over 250 years, is being filled by Messrs Moron & Co! That’s how annoyed I am. I don’t care who owns the place, playing fast and loose with our history and heritage is frankly truly barbaric. Here is the evidence:

Parlington Rally :: Rally of the Tests, Thumbs Down!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Brochure Extract from the Upcoming Rally

Rally of the Tests
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Another sad tale; earlier in the year I met with Peter Scott a notable local Rally Driver who also runs Bretts Fish Restaurant in Headingley. Any how turning to the rally rather than the fish suppers. We spent some time researching the prospects of making the estate roads around Parlington the venue for a stage in the soon to be run Rally of the Tests, a latter day reminder of those terrific RAC rallies of the nineteen fifties! The estate managers were informed and initial feedback was favourable, therefore further work was undertaken, by Peter and the organiser Fred Bent. [yes I know what a name for a rally enthusiast!] All seemed on course for the occasion in November this year.

Last Post ~ Well Maybe Not!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I have been non-productive in respect of updates to the main Parlington history site, and also the day to day comments site, here, for the last month. The fact is lots has happened since the previous post, too much to mention at the moment. Anyway this weekend is the end of our era at Parlington and also the fifteen years I’ve lived in Aberford, I am downsizing and moving to Tadcaster! All good things must come to an end, and in fairness most of the previous inhabitants at Parlington went out in a box! Well up to the death of Colonel F C Trench-Gascoigne in 1905, I’ve less than a useful knowledge of the people who spent time here in the remaining twentieth century. Some I know about others came and went and have left no record.