Advertiser Mag :: 2019 #13

Entrance to the Stallion Pens!

We live in a world where most utility services are delivered by either some form of State controlled organisation or a Government mandated monopoly. The latter might well be a code for ‘Yorkshire Water’, in this locality. It was not always thus, and whilst it is fair to say that without Government stepping in, so to speak, provision of essential supplies like water and sewage might not be universally available.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2019 #12

Oak Tree on Mini Island in willowgarth plantation
Oak Tree on Mini Island!

Everything I have written of Parlington for these pages has dealt with things which are accessible to the general public, however there are aspects of the estate whilst out of reach of the casual walker, are worthy of a mention. One such place is a cute little pond which sports a singular oak tree on a tiny island at its centre.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2019 #11

round building
Round Building Ruin

The area through which the driveway up to the Triumphal Arch passes is parkland, and has never succumbed to the farmer’s plough. That parkland is largely free of trees away from the drive and boundaries, save for a small coppice of beech trees which surround the “Round Building”.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2019 #09

Aberford Former Almshouses, now an Office

Following on from the long break that characterises Christmas and New Year, it is normal for people to sense that the long haul to Spring holds little to celebrate, excepting of course the short amusement that is Valentines Day. We daily wait for the season to provide a heavy burst of the snowfall, and I must say that as soon as it is on the ground I enjoy getting out into Parlington to capture some delightful landscape photos.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2018 #08

redundant viaduct over the river wharf
Redundant Viaduct over the River Wharfe, Tadcaster

Given the long dominance of the local area by the Gascoigne family it is of little surprise to find references to the family all around the local villages, most common amongst these are the name incorporated in the title of a pub, examples being the Gascoigne Arms, Barwick in Elmet and the Lord Gascoigne, in Garforth,  the latter an incorrect title as they were not lords in the true sense.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2018 #07

nellies tree actually two beech trees grafted together to form a letter N

The Parlington Estate was regarded over many years as a place of verdant gardens, secret idyll’s, and dense English woodland, securing at its heart the old hall. Many tributes to the delights of the place have been uncovered in the archives of local newspapers. Here is a short extract from the Leeds Mercury of September 1874, “…the beautiful gardens of Parlington.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2018 #06

During the twentieth century the Gascoigne family, like many other large UK landowners were required to address their changed circumstances, especially after the Great War. Taxation and particularly death duties brought into stark focus the need to divest yourself of long held assets to raise funds to satisfy the voracious taxman.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2018 #05

The Flyline, Parlington Hollins, route of the Railway

Previous episodes have detailed the route along Parlington Lane to the Gamekeeper’s Cottage, beyond, the lane continues westward down the hill to Throstlenest Farm, over the Cock Beck and on to Long Lane. The route of the former railway, known locally as the ”flyline” passes through Hollins and is a right of way, so we will trace its route towards Garforth.… Read the full article

Advertiser Mag :: 2018 #04

Last month we concluded our look at Parlington lane at the Gamekeeper’s lodge. Amongst the recent changes at Parlington has been the heritage listing of various buildings and structures, these are Home Farm, the nearby Stallion Pens, Barwick Lodge, Wakefield Lodge, the Ice House and jointly listed the Light and Dark Arches, all Grade II.… Read the full article