Comments on Parlington

November 23rd, 2012

Over the last nine years I have regularly received comments from the form on the Parlington History site, virtually all have been beneficial in a number of ways.

  • Offering useful family history that ties in to the data I have uncovered.
  • Providing new images of the old hall.
  • Clarifying some of my assumptions.
  • Connecting people who were related by their ancestors employment.

The list could be much longer, but I’m sure you get my drift. But then a couple of weeks back I received a message via the site which seemed to be genuine enough, below is a transcript of the message.

The DiCamillo Companion Web site

November 23rd, 2012

Some years ago I was asked to do reciprocal links with a site in the States called DiCamillo Companion, then recently I received an email from a fellow Country House enthusiast, Melanie McGurr who has the site: Country House Lane, she had visited a lecture in Cincinnati where Curt DiCammilo spoke on “Lords, Ladies, and Mummies: Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey.” The email prompted me to re-look at the DiCamillo site and I was pleased to see that Parlington Hall has got three “crowns” beside its listing, which given the fact that it really is no longer anything like a country mansion, it is something of a vote of confidence for the work I have put in! Okay, sorry I’m doing self promotion here. Anyway do look at his site there is plenty to see.

Government Control of the Internet?

November 22nd, 2012

The following YouTube video about the sinister machinations of the global political elite, or more P.C. the world’s governments, to restrict the Internet is worth watching. Keep an eye out for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

It is important to keep governments out of censoring our use of the Internet make your voice heard. Visit for further information.

Pesky CO2;

November 20th, 2012

The endless diatribe from so many sources about the coming armageddon, brought on by mankind’s enrichment of the atmosphere with CO² has always left me cold! The notion of empirical science, went out of the window when we were told of the “consensus” of climate scientists. No matter what blunders they made, like the disclosure of megabytes of emails showing the players concealing data and obfuscating anything that might have shown that CO² was not the culprit. Even the fact that global warming has stopped this last decade, despite the increase in carbon dioxide, nothing has deterred the endless preaching of doom, and to boot we all have to pay through increased taxation. Serious increases they are too, such that many people fear the coming winter cold, as they will not be able to pay the utility costs.

1916 Miner’s Death at Garforth Colliery

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.

No York on Google Maps

November 16th, 2012

I was browsing Google Maps the other day and I noticed that York, one of England’s most celebrated cities does not warrant a label on Google Maps! Something of a serious oversight I believe!

No, I’m not Going to Vote!

November 15th, 2012

Today I have been debating with my alter ego, Subject: Should I exercise my democratic duty and vote in the “Police and Crime Commissioner” election. Well no!

Simply put North Yorkshire is a considerable area, one of the largest geographical constituencies in the country, but our options regarding the candidates for the aforesaid commissioner, are two middle aged ladies, each affiliated to the party machines, Conservative and Labour. No other candidates have come through, I know not why, shame really I would have liked to see some independents like some of the other areas. Therefore I cannot bring myself to vote, the choice is too short by any measure.

Pictures Representing Mood

November 15th, 2012

Here is a very dark view of the tunnel on Parlington Lane, built between circa 1812-14. This artistic view at the east end, represents my dark mood when I heard of yet more scandal at the BBC. [Click on the picture for a larger version]

Remembrance Day

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.

Another Tree, I Love

November 3rd, 2012

You just have to love trees… they sit quietly in the landscape, they don’t bother anyone, except perhaps our deciduous friends who shed their leaves in fall, as we are obliged to clear up after them, but it really is a small price to pay for the splendour they offer from Spring onwards.

The picture here is of a great cedar in the grounds of the now demolished Scarthingwell Hall, long may it reign, the tree that is!

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