Parlington Hall, Aberford, West Riding, Yorkshire, England Gardens House  2006


Gardens House, Parlington
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More views of the fountain and the south side of the house, I enjoyed sitting by the fountain in the nineteen nineties, it had fish in it at the time, as well as being fully functional. There's no excuse for tipping timber into the bowl.

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The first two pictures are looking across at the garden wall to the west and south west side of the house, then a view back towards the house, followed by a view of the hugely overgrown Georgian racquets court, finally another long shot towards the house, from the south west.

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Looking towards the house, and standing on the very spot where the sundial used to be, in the centre of a very productive kitchen garden which supplied the Gascoigne family over centuries, right up until the 1960's. Continuing along the path, or where it once was, towards the house, and another angled view from the tussocks in the garden. An old iron hinge, with some modern pozidrive screws! The fountain again.

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Great character shot inside one of the outbuildings, view towards the house from the south east, by the modern greenhouse. A very overgrown and dead tree in the garden. The stone corbelling at the eaves, this repeats around the east, south and west elevations but not the north, which has a cheaper constuction, the roof terminating in an external gutter. view over the stone paving outside the west elevation.

The Gardens House, revisited page two

Further evidence of the decline of this Grade II listed building, the racquets court alone deserves to be restored, one of the walls is built from massive pieces of ashlar, which questions their, the stones that is, original intent. The detailing at the eaves on three elevations is a very expensive use of stone and whilst some of it is badly weathered there is much left in good condition. However above this and at the foot of the roof, being out of sight... is out of mind, I suspect is riddled with issues, not least being damp penetration into the structure.

I can't help but conclude that we live in a very wasteful society, the abandoned former kitchen garden is a travesty to the memory of the man who did most of the original horticultural work at Parlington - John Kennedy. Interestingly not content with simply doing his business of improving the gardens and woodland of Sir Thomas, he produced a book of considerable repute, titled: "A Treatis upon Planting, Gardening, and the management of the Hot-House." By John Kennedy, Gardener to Sir Thomas Gascoigne Baronet. Printed in York by A. Ward for the author. MDCCLXXVI [1776] a copy is held at the Bodliean Library, Oxford.