Parlington Hall :: The Estate :: Oil Paintings, by Anthony Christian
Returning to Parlington Lane, near the stile and before reaching the Light Arch, travelling towards Garforth, is a great old beech tree which stands on the higher ground at the entrance to the site of an old quarry. It has been cut back and had branches lopped off but it still presents a magnificent specimen.
Knobbley Tree, Parlington
Anthony and I first met when he was sketching the curves and bumps of this great beech, every twist and turn of the wood is like an incident in life, each knot a new direction into the unknown, and the roots express the absolute determination of the organism to hang on to life at all costs, this tree has witnessed passers by over three centuries, on the horse drawn waggonway, the steam trains, and walkers in more recent times often oblivious of the events of yesteryear. In fact opposite the tree is believed to be the site of the eastern end of Parlington village, cleared away by Sir Thomas Gascoigne I believe, see the article on the canal proposal here.
Uprooted Tree, Parlington
To those who know the route past the Keeper's cottage and down the
Flyline towards Garforth, there is a section past a spring in the Bathingwell Plantation, where the route of the old railway line swings round in a shallow cutting towards the south west, after this the line was dead straight right up to the Sisters Pit. Today an estate road has been laid across the cutting so the definition of the old line seems lost as you rise up the six feet or so to go over the roadway. If you looked back above the cutting on the right was the old tree pictured below, these wreckages of nature stay but a little while, soon the sound of chainsaws will ring in the still air as the saws will reduce it to a single uprooted stump!