Archive for the ‘The Hall’ Category

Roof Truss Sketch Goes Global!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A couple of years back, summer 2008 to be more precise, I constructed a virtual roof truss of the timber structure which once covered the Drawing Room Block at Parlington Hall, from the early part of the nineteenth century up until around the mid 1950′s. Below is a view of the sketch. Clicking on the picture will take you to the relevant section on the Parlington History Site, in a new window.

Parlington Roof Truss

Spring Blossom ~ Wisteria

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

A spring blossom of Wisteria Sinensis in Aberford

During this very pleasant warm spell, which has seen a tremendous bounty of spring blossom across the country, I was delighted to find on a recent visit, some fabulous examples of Wisteria growing in verdant splendour on many fine old Georgian houses in and around Cheltenham. However I have rarely seen any competing examples here in Yorkshire. Obviously the slightly cooler climate is the main culprit, so how pleased I was when returning from the Royal Wedding celebrations at the Arabian Horse last Friday to spot the blossom framing a stone headed doorway of a house on Main Street North in Aberford; Christmas Cottage. The photograph at the head of the article is witness to this Chinese climber.

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.

Lost Painting of Parlington Update

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sunday 24th October at Lotherton Hall, was the day that the watercolour, the subject of two earlier posts, was re-united with the Gascoignes, albeit to their legacy at Lotherton Hall. A small group of those involved in bringing the painting to its former home, and others with a general interest in the return of the painting gathered to see the gifting of ownership from the Clarke family to Lotherton, and therefore for the people of Leeds. The above is a quick shot of me (Looking decidedly serious, with furrowed brow) holding the picture in its original frame, wood but gold finished. Typical of the period, so I was informed by Dr Adam White the Curator at Lotherton. The watercolour will be restored in due course and I hope to get some better photos of it when it not behind glass.

Lost Painting of Parlington Hall

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I wrote about a water colour painting of Parlington Hall which had been found in a skip, it features in an earlier post,
The picture above is of the painting; for over a year I have carefully steered a path towards having the picture recovered and returned to its rightful home, Lotherton Hall, where it will be displayed for the interest of the general public.

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:

Wetherby Craft Fair (Part Two)

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Hole where the Hall Was!

The above picture is something and nothing, but I see the image as a representation of the old Hall disappearing into the ether, which is represented by the clouds in the sky! Which seems to have sucked the Hall from the landscape, of course this view was obscured for centuries, my photograph is taken from the location of the old kitchen, looking across where the central section stood after the 1730′s! The picture is sized A3+ [330mm x 483mm].

Beech Tree Roots

Tree Roots

MGB GT 1976 Black, Yet More Downsizing

Monday, June 7th, 2010

MGB GT 1976

The old MG has to go, I have spent a fortune on the thing since 1986 when I bought it, I had a complete body rebuild done in 1989, at a cost of over £5,000, and after using it for years as a play car, I started to use it daily after returning from the Far East in 1993.

MGB at Parlington

MGB GT at Parlington

Parlington Artefacts Display at Crossgates

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

This coming Friday, 28th May, I will be setting up a new exhibit at Crossgates Heritage Centre of my Parlington artefacts, for the East Leeds History and Archaeology Society. The picture below is a view of the Centre at Crossgates Library, and I presume, my items will be placed in one of the glass cabinets. Whilst this is somewhat smaller than the four cabinets on display at Lotherton Hall, I’m sure I can put enough into it to make it a worthwhile exhibit.

Crossgates Heritage Centre

For Sale: Lawnflite 603

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Lawnflite 603 Mower

Downsizing means I have no use for such a large lawnmower, hence the sale of my MTD Lawnflite 603, bought new from a local dealer in 2005, the equipment is in excellent condition and comprises the motor unit with a cutting deck and fan assisted grass clippings removal. Demountable rear grass collector or external chute, to leave clippings on the ground. Tight turning circle, 30″ cut; Regularly serviced; 12.5 HP Briggs & Stratton electric start engine; 5 litre fuel tank; Front head lights; 5 level cutting deck; 5 speed shift-on-the-go transmission forward and reverse.