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Baldersby Park: The History of a House, Book Launch

Launch of a special book celebrating 300 years, over 5 years in the making.

The Launch Evening
Join us on Thursday 14 March for a glass of wine, a mini exhibition and conversation to celebrate the launch of Baldersby Park: The History of a House. Click here to order your copy now or you may wish to purchase a book on the evening.



Baldersby Park: The History of A House
One house, three centuries, four families and two schools.

This is the captivating story of Baldersby Park, written by six distinctive voices, each unveiling the building’s rich history over the past three centuries. Learn of its conception: built by the Robinson family, this majestic building was the first Palladian mansion house in Great Britain and at its zenith, was home to Lord and Lady Grantham and over 100 domestic staff and groundsmen.

Discover the rise and fall of Baldersby Park’s second owner, George Hudson, the ‘Railway King’, once one of England’s richest men, but eventually forced to sell his beloved home through bankruptcy.

This collaborative book is a journey through time, unearthing the secrets, triumphs, tribulations and successes that echo within the walls of a building that has stood witness to three hundred years of change. Follow the story from its inception as a large country house to its use as the home of Queen Mary’s School in the present day.

The book details the changes to the house and the stories of its many occupants over the past 300 years.  Edited by Darrell Buttery, several authors, including Avril Pearson and renowned architectural historian Jane Furse have contributed chapters on the various inhabitants of Baldersby Park. Carole Cameron, and Peter and Felicity Belward, joined the Committee who enjoyed putting this book together. 

The book will also include the 2022-2023 Whole School Photograph.

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