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Introduction

The Skyrack ran an article on Friday March 3rd 1961, following a visit to Parlington at the beginning of that week by their photographer. The article described what he found, as a caption to the photograph shown below, "All that remained of the hall when our photographer called at the beginning of this week. Some outbuildings are still standing"

Perhaps the last Picture of the Hall

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Article as it appeared in the Skyrack Express

The Skyrack Express, Friday, March 3, 1961
END OF A STATELY HOME IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING
Parlington Hall a stately home which has stood for many centuries in the middle of beautiful parkland near Aberford, is almost demolished. At one time a home of considerable importance, it had not been lived in for very many years and was becoming structurally dangerous.

It was owned by Mrs Y. Stubbs-Trench-Gascoigne, daughter of Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne, of nearby Lotherton Hall. The Gascoigne family goes back 1,000 years.

The parish of Parlington was bought in 1545-6 by the Gascoignes from Thomas, Lord Thomas Gascoigne, Sir Alvary's grandfather and the present owners great-grandfather.

Parlington Hall was last occupied by Col Frederick Charles Wentworth.
The oldest part of the house - the west wing - probably dated from the early 17th century. The house was a foremost country home 100 years later, at the time of Sir John Gascoigne, the fifth baronet. His son Sir Edward added to and beautified it.
The drawing room wing was erected in about 1800 from materials of a demolished portion of Church House, Aberford - Sir Charles Turner's house.

Corrections to the Newspaper Account

Sadly the epitaph written for the demise of the hall in the newspaper contained a number of inaccuracies. The second paragraph concerning the ownership and the Gascoigne pedigree; the bloodline of the Gascoigne family ceased at the death of Sir Thomas Gascoigne in February 1810. Mrs Yvonne Strutt (Married name) took the extended family name after an official name change to Strutt-Trench-Gascoigne, she had been bequethed much of the estate from her father Sir Alvary and her step-mother Lady Gascoigne, leaving Lotherton as a separate entity which enabled Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne to bequeth the Hall to Leeds City.

The third paragraph concerning the initial purchase of the estate, is wholly wrong, apart from the date! Parlington and its environs were bought from Thomas Lord Wentworth, the points about Sir Alvary's grandfather etc are irrelevant.

In the last paragraph, the last occupant was Col Frederick Charles Trench-Gascoigne, died 1905. He was Sir Alvary's grandfather! The remaining points are generally true, however some clarification should be added regarding the drawing room. The connection with Sir Charles Turner is as follows: Sir Charles was known to Sir Thomas Gascoigne, and he had married a Mary Turner and they had two daughters. Around a year or so after the death of Sir Charles, Sir Thomas married his widow, it is therefore likely that Church House then became part of the Gascoigne estate, thus enabling Sir Thomas to make use of the stone from the dismantling of part of Church House in his new extension at Parlington, being the Drawing Room.

Evidence of the Cedars of Lebanon

Photographs taken by George Fowler Jones in the late nineteenth century, which I hope at some point to be able to publish here, show the two large cedar trees on the east side of the hall. This is the only picture which gives a clue to how long they remained. The woodman did tell me that they lost their respective crowns and had to be felled. But no-one is clear when that was, from the earlier pictures it was evident that steel hausers were holding up some of the heavy boughs, so their existence up to the sixties is good news. The locations of the cedars were drawn on the plan of Parlington from 1885, and using this I have found the remnants of the trunk and roots in the cherry plantation that now covers this area.

I must add that although this is a poor photograph from the newspaper, the tree looks to be in reasonable order at that time, also just on the left of the photograph is a second cedar, again shown on the 1885 plan.

Demolition

For many years the local builders in Aberford, the Oldfields were engaged in works to the estate, I recall speaking to the youngest of them, who remembered that his elder brothers had worked for the Gascoignes' on the final destruction of the old hall, so at the time of these pictures, they must have been hacking away at the masonry and carting it away to a dump somewhere!

Credits

Thanks to David Teal for digging out the Skyrack article, which he came across while researching about Barwick in Elmet at Leeds Central Library. [November 08 2009] David also has a web site about his old property in Stutton, near Tadcaster.

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Sir Thomas Gascoigne Last of the Gascoigne bloodline.
National Monuments Record Pictures 1952 by Herbert Felton.
Plan of Parlington from 1885 the cedar trees are on the left of the plan, beyond the semi-circular ended conservatory.

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