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The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, April 20, 1839; Classified ads The following picture is taken from the newspaper for an auction to be held at the Swan Inn on Wednesday 1st May, 1839 at Three o'Clock in the afternoon.


The total volume of trees approaching around 3,700 plus the 350 poles, makes the sale quite substantial, I presume the term Cyphers indicates the accompanying branches as well as the trunk, but if anyone knows different I would be pleased to hear about it.

Photographic Exhibition

The Leeds Mercury, Wednesday, November 5, 1862 Mr Gascoigne of Parlington, has kindly consented to let his photographs be exhibited at the bazaar for the Hospital for Women and Children, held in the Town Hall this day, to-morrow, and Friday. The collection consists of upwards of 200 views taken during tours in the Mediterranean, in Spain, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Egypt,, the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Corsica (a view of the birthplace of Napolean I.), Sardinia, and Caprera, with several views of the residence of Garibadli, and also his portrait, presented by himself.

Leeds Volunteer Engineers

The Leeds Mercury, Monday, May 11, 1868 On Saturday afternoon the Leeds Engineer Volunteers left town for Parlington Park, Aberford, the property of Mr. F. T. C. Gascoigne [F. C. T. = Frederick Charles Trench] colonel of the regiment, to engage in field movements. Notwithstanding unfavourable weather about 600 men mustered on the occasion, and started on their journey shortly before two o'clock. Lieut-Colonel Child was in command, and along with nearly all the other officers, Major Middleton and Major Moore were present. Parlington Park was reached about three o'clock, and in front of the house the regiment was drawn up in line and afterwards executed a number of manoeuvres in attack on an imaginary foe concentrated around the mansion. As the original programme stood, it was intended to have three companies on the defensive at the house, but in consequence of the heavy rain, and the wet nature of the grass, an alteration in the arrangements had to be made.

Whitsuntide Festivities

The Leeds Mercury,Tuesday, June 3rd, 1879 The children of the East-parade School, and the branch schools at Woodsley-road and Camp-field, to the number of between 600 and 700, were conveyed in upwards of twenty large waggons to Parlington Park, near Garforth. The weather being delightful, the youngsters greatly enjoyed their trip, and much appreciated the opportunity kindly given by Lieut-Col. And Mrs Gascoigne to spend the afternoon in their beautiful park.

Leeds Volunteer Engineers (Again)

The Leeds Mercury, Monday, June 22, 1885 On Saturday afternoon, by the kind invitation of Col Gascoigne, honorary Colonel of the regiment the Leeds Engineer Volunteers visited Parlington Park, where they went through the usual drill, and were inspected by the gallant Colonel. Col. Gascoigne had asked the attendance of the three Leeds Volunteer Regiments for the purpose of field excercies; but the sanction of the authorities was not forthcoming, on the plea that the park was not extensive enough for the combined operations of three corps.

A sham fight of a similar character to that proposed took place we understand, at Parlington Park about ten years ago. The Engineer Volunteers included contingents from Otley and Castleford, assembled at Leeds New Station on Saturday afternoon at about three o'clock and shortly afterwards travelled by special train to Garforth station. The departure and arrival attracted numerous spectators. Of all ranks there were nearly 550 in attendance. The officers present were Colonel Child (commanding), Major Ward, Captain and Hon. Major Hudson, Captain and Adjutant McArthur, Captains Asquith, Woodward, Bakewell, Rothery, Horne, Plummer and Nelson; Lieuts. Smith, Crawshaw, Brownridge, Dawson, Sidall, Eddison, and Johnson; surgeon Richardson, Assistant-Surgeon Edwards, and Quartermaster Green.

The men marched through the fields to the park. Drill was commenced at about five o'clock, and continued until half past six. The weather was favourable. The various movements, on the whole well performed, were of service in view of the annual inspection on the 5th July. After the companies had been "sized" the battalion marched past in column and quarter column. Line was formed and the men were put through manual and firing excercies by Major Ward. They then broke into column, and four deep and two deep squares were formed. afterwards the battalion deployed into line, and then followed volley firing by half-companies from flanks to centre, and by half battalion and battalion. The line was next retired, and the men advanced in review order. They were afterwards drawn up into quarter column and addressed by the hon. Colonel.

Colonel Gascoigne said that, in his opinion, the various movements had been remarkably well performed. He could go back in his connection with the regiment for 23 years. He remembered the time when the drill was nearly so good as it had been that day. The accoutrements, clothing &c., seemed to be far more soldier like than formerly. He was glad to notice what was an important matter for infantry - that they were well shod, and would be able to undergo a march of 20 miles if required. There was no knowing how soon the Volunteer might be called upon to play the true soldier. He was sure that after a few days' drill by Colonel Child they would make as good soldiers as any in the line.

Many of them were young men who seemed to promise well. Calling their attention to the moral characteristics of General Gordon, the Colonel, as a man who had got on the wrong side of seventy, advised them to be kind one to another, and do all they could in preparation for the end which would come to all. Colonel Child said they were much indebted to Colonel Gascoigne for the support he had given the corps. He expressed thanks for the invitation to spend the afternoon at Parlington Park, and that Colonel Gascoigne and his gallant son, who had just returned from the Soudan, had come out to look at them. Colonel Child informed the men that they were to go into camp at Scarborough on the 8th July, and that they would return to Leeds in time to see the Prince and Princess of Wales on the occasion of their visit to the town on the 15th. The men were then marched to a large shed, where refreshments were supplied. They fell in at eight o'clock, and marched to the station, left by train for Leeds at about nine o'clock.

Colonel Gascoigne's son, mentioned in the last paragraph, regarding his expedition to the Soudan [sic: Sudan] is featured in the family section here.

Shooting Practice

1 West Riding Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery vs 2 East Riding YVA at Garforth 1893

The Leeds Mercury, Wednesday, May 11, 1892 Leeds Artillery Volunteers, - The first practice of the Leeds Artillery Sergeants' Shooting Club was held on Garforth Range (by kind permission of Lieut-Colonel Dawson, of the Engineers, and Colonel Gascoigne) on Saturday last. This was the first practice of the club with the Martini-Henry carbine, recently issued to the corps. There was a strong wind blowing across the range the whole afternoon. The following are the principal scores.

Header Photograph, is of a similar period, but not the actual location.

200yds 300yds Total
Sergeant Garbutt 34 17 51
Sergt.-Major Ford 24 19 43
Sergt.-Major Stead 24 17 41
Sergeant Styring 23 16 39
Sergeant Strachan 21 17 38
Sergeant Rayner 22 16 38
Brig. Sergt.-Major Watson 24 14 38
Sergeant Gold 27 8 35

A recent discovery of a photograph of almost exactly the period is now in place above this article (August 2013), click on it for a larger version. It is interesting to note that all the men in uniform are sergeants, I think, as a few, the two shooting and one of the group behind the shooters the stripes are not visible. There looks to be two distinct uniform types, those with nine buttons closely spaced and others with five buttons. There are some additional discrepancies, braiding on the jacket edges on the one man standing who lacks a moustache, and the man on the extreme edge of the group standing, with his arms folded, his uniform is much less embelished. It is tempting to speculate that the names above from the May 1892 shoot may well be in the photograph, we shall never know! The writing on the edges of the larger version verifies its pedigree, but unfortunately there is no information on the rear of the card indicating the men present.

Also in the forground of the enlarged version is the leg of a tripod, probably with a telescope or binoculars attached for identifying the target hits. Presumably the photographer also had his large mahogany box of tricks on a tripod, perhaps he was doubling up on the day marking the shooters scores. The target distances involved 200-300 yards in a fairly level area and the fact that Colonel Gascoigne had given permission, therefore the range was on his land, suggests somewhere like Hook Moor near Park House and Farm. Behind the group is a telegraph pole and two lines of wooden fencing, suggesting a road, and there are gates at the extreme right. Could this be the Aberford road beyond the weigh house in the field that was part of Sturton Grange, owned by the Gascoigne family until 1938. That would mean the trees in the background were those, some of which are still extant, which run along the ridge at the head of what was the Deer Park.

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