Edwinstowe Hall

Edwinstowe Hall was built about 1702 possibly by the Duke of Newcastle, then the home of the Earl of Scarborough, afterwards the Alexander family (see  link for Alexander Family in the People section) next the Bolsover Mining Company Welfare Centre, archery manufacturer, NCC children’s home, respite home and now to be residential.

Edwinstowe Hall n.d.

Edwinstowe Hall c1906.

Edwinstowe Hall in 1923    A Welfare Centre………

In a newspaper advertisement announcing the sale of Edwinstowe Hall by Lord Manvers in November, 1919, the hall was accurately described as a substantially built and commodious residence with extensive pleasure grounds, gardens and park-like grasslands, glasshouses and an excellent range of stables and motor-garages.

Clearly impressive, the Bolsover Colliery Company who were planning to sink a new mine on the outskirts of the village, acquired the hall and grounds from the 1st January, 1920, and, over a period of 3½ years, converted it into a Welfare Centre for the use of the various organisations which the company set up for its employees.

The Welfare Centre was opened in August, 1923, by the Duke of Portland who, in a formal ceremony, used a gold key to enter the refurbished hall, and then walked over to the dormitories which he opened with the same key.

Companies of boys’ and girls’ brigades and ambulance divisions marched past a ceremonial platform, accompanied by massed brass bands and the Duke made a speech to the assembled throng.

Tea was provided in the hall, in the dining rooms of the dormitories and in marquees.

The photograph is of a similar parade of the representatives of six colliery villages en route to Edwinstowe Hall on the occasion of George V’s Jubilee celebrations in 1935.

Acknowledgement Acorn magazine, Margaret Woodhead and Dennis Wood

 Edwinstowe Hall n.d.

Edwinstowe Hall Fair 1980

The Mulberry Tree at Edwinstowe Hall

We have all been round the mulberry bush, in imaginative play while singing the traditional nursery rhyme “on a cold and frost morning”.

Did you know, however, that the rhyme has its origin in the exercise yard of Wakefield Jail, where the prisoners walked round the mulberry tree stood in the middle?

There was a listed mulberry tree in the spacious grounds of Edwinstowe Hall and, like several other trees in the gardens, it was reputed to be over 200 years old.

There are twelve species of mulberry trees, all of which are becoming increasingly rare in Britain with the disappearance of many large old gardens. The black mulberry (Morus nigra) is the species most commonly cultivated for its fruit which is similar in shape to a blackberry and can be eaten raw. The leaves of the white mulberry are the food for silkworms.

Mulberry Tree wikipedeia

Edwinstowe Hall’s tree was a black mulberry with a rough-scaled trunk and heart shaped, toothed leaves. The tree, sadly, died many years ago.

Acknowledgement D. Wood Acorn Magazine

Edwinstowe Hall Pit Band c1979