Yesterday, on a fine a sunny afternoon I took a walk with a party of enthusiasts, something over thirty in total, around Parlington. The “Walk and Talk”, was a Heritage Open Day function, promoted by Leeds Civic Trust, Leeds City Council, along with English Heritage, and like many others around the country was in celebration of some of our great architectural history, enabling people to explore places not normally open to the public. Parlington of course was one of many houses lost during the twentieth century and an air of mystery surrounds the estate, not least the virtually hidden location of the Hall, or the remains of it.
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Wounded Soldiers from Lotherton Hospital at Parlington, 1915
The Gascoigne family in the second half of nineteenth century, were like many prominent families of the day, heavily involved in the military and unsurprisingly the young, “Dick” Gascoigne, only son of Frederick and Isabella was introduced to military life early on as a cadet. As the juvenile Captain of the cadets in 1863 aged only 12 he was given high praise by the ladies watching a sham fight organised for the Second West York (Leeds) Volunteers at Parlington. But this paled into insignificance compared to his later exploits in the Sudan war, 1854-55, as he and others attempted to rescue General Gordon. My new talk, “Parlington and the Military”, was tested out on the Barwick in Elmet Historical Society on Wednesday evening. Although I say it myself, it was well received, and the feedback I have had since tells me it is worth adding the talk to my regular portfolio!