Take Stewart Park Hard Hat Tours
By One Giant Leap
Friday 21 Jul 2017 00:22:00
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Friday is hard hat tour day in the old estate buildings at Stewart Park and this Saturday you will be able to take a tour around the historic buildings as part of the Cleveland Show. All for free.

Central Lodge interior

Following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application, the Grade 2 listed building known as the Central Lodge is currently being refurbished and will reopen as Askham Bryan College’s principle land-based education centre in the Tees region in September 2017.

Central Lodge 2

In the 1800s, the park belonged to Henry Bolckow. Bolckow was Middlesbrough’s first MP and Mayor and was a key figure in the region’s iron and steel works. His Victorian manor Marton Hall was built at Stewart Park between 1854 and 1856 and was added to dramatically in 1867. The refurbishment coincided with Prince Arthur’s visit to the region, as he was invited to open the park Bolckow created in the late Prince Albert’s – Arthur’s father – name.

central lodge dairy

Marton Hall was demolished in 1960 and due to a fire during demolition – the cause of which is still unknown – all that remains is a stone loggia, as well as the Hall’s accompanying building, the Central Lodge. This building housed workers such as the dairy maids, laundry maids, gardeners and stable boys and features a coach house, laundry, cow byre and stables

tally marksThe Lodge will be reopening in September as classrooms, common rooms, offices and a library for Askham Bryan College. The space will feature a laboratory and the dairy will be restored using original glass milk bottles found in the Lodge during the renovation process.

Part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project is to create a blog and digital archive in order to record the renovation process and capture life at Stewart Park through the eyes of its employees. Images and videos are posted on social media daily to show the progress each day and to advertise the opportunities to get involved with the project.

Free hard hat tours of the renovation process are offered every Friday afternoon, and these tours will be available all day at the Cleveland Show, this Saturday, 22nd July.

There are also volunteering opportunities for those interested in oral history, leading tours or helping to preserve the artefacts found in the building during the renovation process.

Lauren Watson, Marketing Officer at Askham Bryan College at Stewart Park said: “The history of this park and especially in the Central Lodge is incredible and I feel very privileged to be a part of this project in order to share this heritage with the people of Middlesbrough.”

For volunteering and to book onto tours, we ask that those interested email CentralLodge@askham-bryan.ac.uk or call 01642 304900. Or simply join a tour on Saturday at the Cleveland Show.

Central Lodge range

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