Twenty Not-So-Green Bottles and Writing on the Walls

First things first, introductions: my name is Phil Brown and I am one of the volunteers working on the Central Lodge Project. I’m a recent history graduate and I’m here to talk about all of the weird and wonderful things that I got up to as a volunteer on this project.

I first got involved in this project on a very cold morning in late January. Through a family member who works at the college I had heard that they were looking for people to come and help out with various conservation tasks that were linked to the project. Well one thing led to another and soon I found myself wearing a hard hat, safety boots and more warm layers than your average arctic explorer climbing up a rickety staircase with a clipboard and camera on my way to look for graffiti in the attic of the Central Lodge.

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Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Another amazing find from the Central Lodge – did I mention we’d found a boxing flyer?  This is for an event at the Wellington Inn, Horsefair, Pontefract.

The flyer mentions ‘Young Iron Marsh of Pontefract v Young Herberts, Hemsworth.’ that was an 8 round contest followed by 6 rounds ‘Young Rooney (Featherstone) v D. Rowbottom (Hemsworth.)  these were the warm up bouts for the next two 8 round fights.  The first was the ‘Special 8 round contest, for the £5 a-side and Promoter’s Purse between, Hart Reed v. Young Cool’ both from Tanshelf. The big contest was between ‘Darky Bedford, (from)Manchester V. Texay Jack, Y. and L. Regiment, Pontefract.’  The M.C was a Mr. H. Green, the timekeeper M.r J. Carrol and the referee was Mr C. Barratt.  ‘Admission was 1/2 Front Seats were 2/2 (and) Ringside Seats , 3/6’  The printer was ‘A. Tunstall, Printer, Pontefract.’

I have a vision that one of the young army lads stationed in the attic of the Central Lodge had gone to see to these fights in between the training and before going off to war.  Maybe he kept the flyer? Maybe he was one of the boxers? There’s no date and it could have been from the previous tenants, the Bolckow household staff who lived and worked in the Central Lodge – perhaps they’d gone home and seen the bouts?  It’s one of those snippets, almost a sneek peek of somebody’ s history.  Who won each bout?  Is the Wellington Inn still there in Pontefract?  Is there an A. Tunstall printer still going?  Lots of questions, I wonder if someone out there has these answers?

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What’s Cooking in the Central Lodge

I had just had to mention what a wonderful post by Chris!  It gives a lovely insight into her role and how we all feel about our roles in Stewart Park.

What’s been happening in the Central Lodge?  It’s seems to be getting very busy.  The contractors found an old range hidden behind boards over a fireplace. It’s a bit battered but still there. It kind of reminds me of the building, battered but still standing.

The work on renovating the Central Lodge is gathering pace and spaces are being uncovered and reworked. It’s exciting and strange at the same time. It feels like it’s being pared back and it is giving up some of its past with the finding of the range, the bottle and newspaper, some old lino and a boxing flyer.  I guess it’s like looking down the back of your sofa!  Rather a strange sofa, but intriguing any way!

I can’t wait to see how the building looks when it’s finished and to hear voices and see people using the spaces.  I think the building will be a fantastic facility and it would meet with past tenants’ approval.

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