Lost and Found in the Central Lodge

I always think it’s a privilege to work here at Stewart Park, especially on the Central Lodge project.  No two days are ever the same.  Yesterday it was “we found an oven, come and look!”; today it’s “we found this in the wall!”   So here I am with a sheet from the 6th of February 1923  (I think it’s the Yorkshire Post) and a small broken bottle.

The bottle says that the substance is poisonous and has ribs down it.  “‘(something) Cresol’ A safer and more powerful disinfectant than Carbolic Acid.  For use in the home, workshop, schools, hospitals, sick rooms etc.’  Made by (something) Ness & Co., Darlington.”  I am quite glad its empty as it sounds like it’s pretty tough stuff.

The newspaper has the shares prices on one side and the main article on the other is ‘Football, The Late Lord Kinnaird, Tributes by Association Council, His great services as player and legislator.’  It’s fascinating!  Who put them in the Central Lodge wall and why?  1923 is a significant year in the history of Stewart Park as this is the year that Thomas Dormand Stewart buys the hall and park and then gifts this to the council for use as a park.  Was this left by the last of the Bolckow estate workers who lived in the Central Lodge, or one of the new parkies?

A Door Opens…

Victorian-Door-Original-Architecture-Central-Lodge-Stewart Park-Middlesbrough

Welcome to our first blog post!

The idea of this blog is to chart the Heritage Lottery Funded Central Lodge Project at Askham Bryan College at Stewart Park, but also to hear the voices of the rest of staff who work here – from the hardworking café team through to the busy Rangers.

So, as this blog door opens and the development starts, I’m sure this blog will grow and change.  This is a new experience and I’m sure we’ll make few detours and maybe even get a little bit lost but I can’t wait to take you on this tour of the project, the Central Lodge and the park.  Come and join us!