After the success of our opening event in November, the team were more excited than ever to welcome the public to Stewart Park’s Frost Fair. Our monthly farmer’s market, provided by the Northern Dales Farmers Market, was given a festive makeover with over fifty food stalls selling delicious treats and Christmas gifts. The Visitor’s Centre was bustling with a wide range of craft stalls – from bows, cushions, jewellery and cards to wood turning, jams and even gin!
The craft stalls in the Visitor’s Centre.
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The Marton estate is a fascinating stretch of land with an eclectic history. From tenanted farm land to the park we know and love today, the changing of hands and developments made to the land have been vast. We’ve blogged in the past about the spirits of the Central Lodge being unhappy with the recent restoration, but looking back at the history of the estate, it seems that the workers may not be the only ones upset by transformations…
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This time of year there is a lot of autumn foliage around, but the amount of flowers is starting to getting harder to find. This shrub, Mahonia X charity, is so reliable, it has wonderful architectural leaves. It’s tough, evergreen and its bright yellow shuttlecock flowers are sweetly scented too – any late bees are in for a treat.
Related posts: Star of the Garden – October, Star of the Garden – August, Star of the Garden – July
The Central Lodge is a difficult building to interpret simply and effectively, owing on one side to its original intention as a multi-use building and on the other side to its richly varied history. When we took on the task of producing historical interpretation for this building, we knew it was important to give as broad an overview of the building’s history as possible in order to do it justice.
Our new internal and external panels have now been installed and we feel that they have gone some way to providing this. We are hoping that our colleagues and students alike – who will see these boards every day – along with anyone who comes to visit the building in future, will find them interesting and informative.
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Last week we had the pleasure of officially opening the Central Lodge after its extensive renovation. Our wonderful guests included the Heritage Lottery Fund, Askham Bryan College staff, Middlesbrough Councillors and all of the amazing people who have helped us with the project along the way.
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