I was very fortunate this week to receive an e-mail from Mark Oglesby, bringing an error in our blog on Princess Mary to my attention. How was this fortunate you may ask? Surely an editor does not want to be told this. The reason I have used this word, is because it has bought the wonderful Goldsborough Hall to my attention and the owners Mark and Clare have been very generous with their time in sharing the hall’s history. It is now my pleasure to share this with you.
Mark Oglesby wrote to inform me that Goldsborough Hall had been omitted from our blog on Princess Mary, and that the Hall had actually been her first family home after her marriage. It was in Goldsborough that both Mary’s children were christened and grew up. I found out that the Oglesby’s had bought the Hall eight years ago to save it from being turned into flats and since then have spent a lot of time researching the Hall’s history. I put the following questions to the Oglesby’s and very much enjoyed reading the answers, I hope you enjoy learning about this relatively unknown gem too.
Karen: Did you know anything about the Hall before you rescued it eight years ago?
Clare: Although Mark grew up in Harrogate, he knew nothing of the hall until we saw it being advertised for sale in the local paper. It has been fascinating to research all the history of Princess Mary and the 300 years before her time too!
Karen: Can you tell me a little of what you found out.
Clare shared a pin-interest link with me, which has pictures and information describing Princess Mary’s time at the Hall. Goldsborough Hall was home to HRH Princess Mary, the Queen’s aunt, in the 1920s and played host to many other royals including King George V, Queen Mary, The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) and the Duke and Duchess of York (later George VI and Queen Elizabeth). While at the hall, Princess Mary’s two sons were born: Master George Lascelles was the first grandchild of Queen Mary and he was christened at St Mary’s Church, Goldsborough, next door to Goldsborough Hall. If you would like to read more please follow the link here : Goldsborough Pininterest
Karen: You have mentioned the Lime Tree Walk, with all the trees planted by Royals who stayed there during the 1920’s – can you tell me some more about the Royals who planted these trees?
Clare: Yes we have plaques on the majority of the 34 trees in the Lime Tree Walk which have the name and date on them, for example:
I’ve been trying to find the story on Princess Mary on here, but I can’t find it. I know I read it once before, but I’d like to read it again. Any chance of a link to it please?
You may find it here: The Other Stylish, One Day Queen, Brown-Haired Royal: Princess Mary of Denmark – http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/blogs/the-other-stylish-one-day-queen-brown-haired-royal-princess-mary-of-denmark-1610
Or here: Duchess of Cambridge ‘inspired’ by Denmark’s Princess Mary – http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/cambridges/duchess-of-cambridge-inspired-by-denmarks-princess-mary-17190
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