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Stewart Park

Stewart Park covers about 120 acres with woodland, lakes, an extensive pet corner, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and much more! 

Facilities

  • Welcome
    • Good for walkers
    • Good for school visits
    • Good for families
  • Parking & transport
    • Accessible by public transport

Directions

Nearest major road is A174. From the A174 east take the A172 into Middlesbrough. Stewart Park is only 3 minutes drive from the A174/A172 junction.

Public Transport: Nearest station is Marton Station. The park is on several bus links.

To plan your journey visit www.travelinenortheast.info or www.connectteesvalley.com or call 0871 200 22 33

 

Plan your journey

Connect Tees Valley

Stewart Park covers about 120 acres and consists both of mature woodland and arboretum on the southern side, with open parkland on the northern side. Two sets of lakes provide habitat for our water fowl.

A big favourite with all the family is the extensive pets corner with many types of domesticated animals, fallow deer, highland cattle, llamas and goats.

It is most famous as the birthplace of Captain Cook. The site of his cottage is marked by a granite vase in the nearby Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Look out for the new Captain Cook Play area!

It also hosts a number of large events, including the Cleveland Show.

The park is available free of charge to charitable organisations for fund raising events such as sponsored walks and fun runs.

The History of Stewart Park

Stewart Park was opened to the public in 1928 and covers 47 hectares. It was originally laid out as a manor house and deer park in the early 1800s by a wealthy army major, and the entire village of East Marton was removed to create it.

The park was once in the ownership of Middlesbrough iron magnate Henry Bolckow in the nineteenth century. His elegant Marton Hall was the centrepiece of the estate which was purchased by Councillor Thomas Dormand Stewart in the 1920s.

He gave the parkland and hall to Middlesbrough residents and Stewart Park was formally opened in 1928. The Hall was demolished in 1960 after much of the building was destroyed by fire.

The park now consists of mature woodland, parkland and an arboretum with two lakes providing habitat for water fowl. The pets’ corner is home to domesticated animals, fallow deer, highland cattle, llamas and goats.

Central Lodge

In 2016 Askham Bryan College was awarded money by the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate the Central Lodge at Stewart Park. In 2017 the building opened 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 Askham Bryan College's Marketing Officer and Digital Heritage and Interpretation Officer captured images of the renovation process weekly. These images will be digitally archived and available for all to enjoy in January 2018.

Educations packs, information booklets and blog is available to view on the abcstewartpark website.

Stewart Park, Middlesbrough 

Below find the 'Landscape Institute Awards 2013 submission booklet, charting the history and restoration of Stewart Park, Middlesbrough' prepared by Southern Green Ltd.

The project was winner of the Landscape Institute 2013 national award for Heritage and Restoration, winner of the RTPI North East Award 2013, winner of a North East RICS Renaissance Award 2013, Winner of a Green Apple Award 2013 and was Highly Commended at the Constructing Excellence North East Awards 2013.