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A Brief history of the final years 1905 to 1964

The Hall was abandoned following the death of Colonel F.C. Trench Gascoigne in June 1905. His only son and heir Colonel F.R.T. Trench Gascoigne, already living at the nearby Lotherton Hall had no desire to take up residence at the former family home as Lotherton had passed to him after the death of his aunt Elizabeth Gascoigne in 1893 and afforded superior accommodation to the older Parlington Hall.

Many of the family heirlooms and even parts of the building fabric, such as marble fireplaces were dismantled and taken to Lotherton, to be prominent features in the re-modelling of the house, which occured under the direction of the Colonel and his wife Gwendolen.

From 1905 Parlington Hall started its slow decline into oblivion. Evidence exists that what remains today, having escaped demolition in the 1950's and 60's was formerly known as the "West Wing" having rooms used by the the "Above Stairs" residents and their "Below Stairs" servants. The picture above is the section of the west wing which remains to this day. It is lucky to survive as this was also granted demolition status in the sale of the entire estate in 1964.

The Gascoigne's Local Landowners

The Gascoigne Family with its seat at Parlington Hall was a major part of local history from the 16th Century onwards. The Gascoigne bloodline ended with the death in 1810 of Sir Thomas Gascoigne 8th Baronet, reputedly of a broken heart following the untimely death of his only son Tom the previous year in a horse riding accident whilst hunting near Retford.

After the death of Sir Thomas the estate was inherited by his step daughter's husband Richard Oliver, under the proviso that he took the Gascoigne name. . . becoming Richard Oliver Gascoigne. He was to develop the local landed assets to great advantage and on his death in 1843 left to his surviving daughters a considerable estate, with major coal workings being the backbone of the family wealth.

Remaining Relics - The triumphal Arch

The Triumphal Arch from the Avenue

The Parlington Estate is noted for its "Triumphal Arch". Built around the time of the end of the American War of Independence.

Rumor has it that King George the IV in the days when he was Prince Regent, was passing through this part of Yorkshire and was to lunch at Parlington. On coming to the Arch, under which he would have to pass, and being informed of it's purpose. He declared he would not enter the house of a man who could thus perpetuate the memory of England's defeats, and immediately turned back.

Artefacts Found

Many items have come to light over the years, these include pieces of chinese porcelain from a dinner service and lumps of the old fountain, which used to lie to the south of the main aspect of the Hall directly in front of the semi circular bay of the Dining Room. The fountain was supplied water by an underground culvert which connects to the small lake near the Hall.

The stone copings which used to sit atop the semi-circular Dining Room, are to be found lying abandoned to the east of the Hall amondgst brambles, affording shelter only to the local rabbits.


The Cellar

The most dramatic find has been the recent discovery of the cellar, it is directly beneath the room adjacent to the bay window fronted Dining Room. There is a staircase leading down to the cellar, which must have been covered prior to the final demolition carried out in 1952, therefore the contractors when levelling the site would have been unaware of it's existence beneath. It is exactly the size of the small drawing room under which it lies. At one time there were stone shelves around the perimeter with stub walls to support them.

THE Cellar and entrance to the stairway

The Cellar towards stairway


If any readers have any information which could assist in adding new content to this site, particularly any photographs, or records of people who were associated with the Hall, please get in touch, just email me with any information. So far quite a number of contacts have enabled me to piece together some of the unknowns about the place.

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Brian Hull
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Parlington Hall in the late Nineteenth century.
Taken from a photograph provided by
The Garforth Historical Society.