Trail: Sewerby Hall and Gardens Heritage

See the landscape and buildings of the Sewerby estate in a different light as you stroll around the grounds to find out what’s changed (and what hasn’t) using archive images for comparison with the modern scene.

Please note: Seasonal admission charges may apply between March and November. If unsure, please check before embarking on the trail.
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The Courtyard (1980s)

Originally built for the family’s carriages and farm carts, after the estate came into public ownership they were used for storage and for a while were used to house this fine example of an East Riding Single Pole Wagon. By the 1990s the spaces had been converted into small retail units. In 2013-14 they were incorporated into the restoration programme to become the Stable Shop and café kitchens.

That’s the end of the trail!  Why not visit the café and shop and whilst inside, have a look to see if you can spot any signs of when it was used as a stable.  Enjoy the rest of your visit to Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

The Golf Course and Putting Green (1930s)

The golf course was created on what had been parkland  soon after Bridlington Corporation took over the estate. In the distance deckchairs can be seen on the back lawn of the house. The family dining room was converted into a café dining room and doors created in the window bay to allow access to the lawn. Trellises were built to allow creeping plants to grow up around the windows.

The Old English Garden (1950s)

Whilst the family were in residence the walled gardens were used as productive gardens providing food for the household.  But in 1937 they were replanted with 2,500 bulbs to create an “Old English Garden.” The shelter and the lily pond also date to this period. The cost of the development was £14,000.

The Pleasure Garden (1930s)

The pleasure gardens are a timeless feature of Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Whilst the rest of the House and grounds were landscaped and altered during the period 1934-1936, the pleasure gardens were left much as they had been when the family was in residence. The view has changed little and is quite recognisable today, although one of the magnificent monkey puzzle trees was blown over in gales in 2017.

The whole parkland itself was designed to deliberately create the look of a medieval deer park combined with a classical, harmonious landscape.  As you move around the grounds you may notice the views change from being quite restricted, to much wider and panoramic.  This is an intentional feature of the design.

The Original Bandstand (1937)

One of the most spectacular of Sewerby Hall and Gardens’ lost buildings is the shell bandstand, complete with an attached pond.  Bridlington Corporation engaged Miss Monica Wilkins and her ladies band to perform during the summer at a cost of £28 per week. Sadly, during the war the condition of the bandstand deteriorated and the structure had to be demolished.

The Hall from the Events Field (1970s)

In 1936 a series of steps were created at the front of the house to link the terrace with the paddock. These were removed in the 1990s. One feature that can be seen in the picture are the TV aerials amongst the chimneys. These were linked to flats that had been built into the top floor of the Hall as accommodation for the Park Superintendent and Café Manager.

The Path to the Hall (circa 1938)

At first glance it is easy to think that this view is little changed. However closer inspection reveals many differences to the modern scene.  Most obviously the tree to the right of the picture has gone.  In the distance the Orangery can be glimpsed but unlike today it has ivy growing up the walls. Next to it is the band stand, constructed  in 1937.

Amy Johnson Opening Sewerby Hall (1936)

Amy Johnson was born in Hull in 1903 and became one of the most famous pilots in the world. In 1930 she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia and in 1932 she set the record for the quickest solo flight to Cape Town. Amy opened Sewerby Hall to the public in 1936. Later her parents donated their collection of memorabilia to the Hall where it is still on display.

The Clock Tower Tavern (1980)

The Clock Tower was originally built as a stable. However, during the 1930s the building was repurposed as a shop. The original, small stable windows were removed and the large bay windows installed. However, as the museum in the House expanded into space originally used for catering the Clock Tower took on the role of Milk Bar and Café. During the 1980s it operated as a fully licensed public house.

Of course nowadays it is used as a popular café and gift shop.  You’re welcome to stop by and refuel before continuing your excursion around the grounds, or you could re-visit this place as an ‘end-of-trail treat’!

Archery (1950s)

Amongst the first attractions to be added to the Sewerby estate after it was brought into public ownership, were the .22 rifle and archery ranges. This photograph shows the archery range in the 1950s. There were dangers however, in 1952 a young man was accidently shot, and by 1958 the rifle range had been removed. The archery lasted a little longer but by the end of the 1960s that too had gone.