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Teesside Tour - Preston Hall & Museum 20th Oct 2013
Preston Park Museum and Grounds is nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman’s residence and the former home of industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a varied collection of Teesside’s treasures. Step over the clock spinning backwards to emerge in our Victorian street and see how our ancestors lived.
As you walk through the impressive doors to find out more about those who lived there, the varied museum collection, the vital role the mighty River Tees has played throughout history and the leisure time pursuits that were just as popular then as they are today.
Built by David Burton Fowler in 1825, Preston Hall began life as a Georgian gentleman’s residence, located between Yarm and Stockton. It was not until 1882, when the estate and lands were sold to Robert Ropner for the princely sum of £27,500 that the building of today was born.
Ropner was a wealthy shipping and industrial magnate, and in common with the style of the times, demanded a home to befit his status in society. Major alterations included the addition of a Winter Garden, ballroom, entrance porch, billiards room and extensive landscaped parkland – all ‘must haves’ of the Victorian age.
The Hall & Park was served by legions of staff, from a butler and cook, through to maids and stable hands. Gardeners would tend the grounds and supply the kitchen with produce from the walled garden, the remains of which can still be seen today.
After the visit we all headed off to the Chequers Pub at Dalton-on-Tees for Sunday Lunch.