In 2016 Askham Bryan College was awarded money by the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the Central Lodge at Stewart Park. The building is now used as classrooms in which to provide the college’s land-based education, such as equine and animal husbandry.
The Central Lodge was created in the 1800s by the owner of the estate, Henry Bolckow. Bolckow was Middlesbrough’s first MP and mayor and was a key figure in the region’s iron and steel industry. The Central Lodge is made up of many rooms including a coach house and stables, a laundry and drying room, a dairy and lodgings for the estate workers. The Lodge accompanied Marton Hall, a grand Victorian manor, however unfortunately this was demolished in the twentieth century and, due to a fire during demolition, only images and the loggia remain.
During the renovation process our Marketing Officer and Digital Heritage and Interpretation Officer visited the Lodge weekly to take images and note the progress. The images will be digitally archived and available for all to enjoy.
As part of the project we have created free downloadable education packs for schools, focusing on the Central Lodge, Henry Bolckow and the iron and steel industry. You can also learn more about the history of the Central Lodge by reading our information booklet.
A heritage trail highlighting seventeen historical locations within Middlesbrough has also been created as part of the project.