Central Lodge Restoration Project Completion

Following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application, the Grade 2 listed building known as the Central Lodge has been refurbished by Walter Thompson. In September 2017 the Central Lodge reopened as Askham Bryan College’s principle land-based education centre in the Tees region.

In the 1800s, the park belonged to Henry Bolckow. Bolckow was Middlesbrough’s first MP and Mayor and was a key figure in the region’s iron and steel works. His Victorian manor Marton Hall was built at Stewart Park between 1854 and 1856 and was added to dramatically in 1867. The refurbishment coincided with Prince Arthur’s visit to the region, as he was invited to open the park Bolckow created in the late Prince Albert’s – Arthur’s father – name.

Marton Hall was demolished in 1960 and due to a fire during demolition – the cause of which is still unknown – all that remains is a stone loggia, as well as the Hall’s accompanying building, the Central Lodge. This building housed workers such as the dairy maids, laundry maids, gardeners and stable boys and features a coach house, laundry, cow byre and stables. The building reopened in September and houses classrooms, common rooms, offices and a library for Askham Bryan College. The space features a laboratory and the dairy has been restored for heritage purposes.

The park consists of 120 acres of parkland, including mature woodland and two lakes which provide a habitat for a variety of species, including bats. Farm animals including fallow deer, llamas and goats are kept at the park for people to visit and the Education and Events Officer based at the Bolckow Centre is responsible for ensuring that a broad range of heritage and educational activities accessible to members of the public are organised throughout the year.

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