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.
Continue reading “More Than Just A Stable Block – Central Lodge, Stewart Park”
As work on the renovation of the Central Lodge draws to a close, I think this is a good time to reflect on one of my favourite rooms in the building and the changes which have occurred in it throughout the course of the project. This stable space has always been one of my favourite rooms in the building, in no small part due to just how many original features have survived within it.
Continue reading “Iron and Steeds – The Stables of the Central Lodge”
In an earlier blog post I described how Carl Bolckow presided over a period of decline for the Henry Bolckow’s former estate at Marton and highlighted the commonly reproduced idea that he was not quite as good a businessman as his uncle Henry. This is perhaps unfair on the man, and it needs to be looked at within the context of the period.
Carl Ferdinand Henry Bolckow
Continue reading “Carl Bolckow and The Downfall of Bolckow-Vaughan”
Work has begun on the groundwork for the installation of a new planter in the courtyard of the Central Lodge.
Upon entering the building site last week, however, we were greeted with an unexpected smell more familiar to a walk on the Redcar headlands.
Continue reading “A Familiar Smell”
The 1864 Central Lodge stable block was described by one contemporary, in the only direct description we have of the building from the Victorian era, as “stables second to none in the North of England”. This was the opinion of Hugh Gilzean Reid, founder of what was then the Middlesbrough Daily Gazette, when visiting in 1868.
Continue reading “A Tale of Two Dwellings”