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…
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.
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
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.
Henry Bolckow is often cited as one of the founding fathers of the iron and steel works in Middlesbrough. His early life and the effects he had on the region are fascinating topics to delve into…