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?

6 Replies to “Lost and Found in the Central Lodge”

  1. Fascinating article on some of the items found (old bottles and newspapers). I look forward to what else you might find. Great to see the Central Lodge building repairs starting, I hope that there will be public access to the building once the repairs are complete as it will be very interesting to see the inside of the building and what activities take place with regards the college.

    1. Hi Chris!
      They are busy putting up the scaffolding this week, ready to start on the roof. We are doing Hard Hat Tours. We are fully booked for the first dates I’ve arranged but we are looking at more dates. If you are interested just let me know.
      Francine, Education and Events Officer

      1. Hi Francine,

        yes I would be very interested in a tour of the Central Lodge. Please let me know what dates are planned.

        Thank You,

        1. Hi Chris!
          Please phone us on 01642 304900 and ask to be put on our list. My original dates are all full but I am going to arrange some new dates shortly.

  2. You say you found an oven , what sort of oven. It’s hard to believe that the paper and bottle are 94 years old. I suppose they were preserved in some way by the wall. I ‘m looking forward to your next finds.

    1. Hi Linda!
      We found an old range. It’s a bit worse for wear but I’ll share that soon.
      Education and Events Officer

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