Gunnergate Hall

In our last edition Mr. H. Plews submitted this picture of an old hall in Gunnergate Lane Marton - now demolished - and asked readers for more information on it.

The below picture is of Gunnergate Hall which was demolished in 1946. I have reason to believe it was built for Mr Thomas Robinson probably in the 1820s’. According to a map of 1804, he owned land in that area including Gunnergate Farm from which the hall took its name. However accoring to local historian Norman Moorsom, the first occupant was Mr David Appleton.

I have in my possession a copy of a notice of sale of the hall in 1830 which appeared in the Yorkshire Gazette. It was to be sold at the Black Lion Hotel in Stockton by the trustees of the Estate and Effects of Thomas Robinson of Marsh House, Ayresome. In 1851 Charles Leatham, a Quaker banker, went to live there with his wife, Rachel Pease, sister of Joseph Pease, MP for Darlington.

Following Leatham’s death in 1860, the hall was purchased by John Vaughan, the Middlesbrough ironmaster. He died in 1868 and having lost his first son at the age of 19, his second son inherited the hall and spent a lot of money extending and improving it. However his business failed and the hall passed into the hands of Carl Bolckow in 1881 who had inherited Marton Hall from his uncle, Henry. He sold Gunnergate Hall in 1888 to Sir Raylton Dixon, an industrialist and shipbuilder who lived there with his family until his death in 1901 when his widow left the hall.
Gunnergate Hall was occupied by the army in both wars and gradually it deteriorated into a wreck, and was finally demolished in 1946.

The main drive to the hall was from a lodge adjacent to Stokesley Road in Marton ( this building was demolished when the Parkway road was built) . A path through the fields onto what is now Adelaide Road, led to Tollesby Lane where there was another lodge (still standing ) leading into the grounds. There is also a third lodge (Hunter’s Lodge) again still standing, on Gunnergate Lane, from where the hunt used to set off. A good reference book is Queenie Ward’s “The Heart of Capt. Cook’s Country” (1993).

I hope this is of some use, and thank you for introducing a most interesting magazine.

Yours faithfully

Betty Hughes (Mrs)

Our thanks to Mr Kenneth Waters of Dufton Road Linthorpe for also shedding light on this hall.

This article appeared in the June 2000  edition of Now & Then Magazine