The Old Dairy, Grinkle Park Farm was once part of the great Grinkle Park Estate which belonged for centuries to the Conyers-Middleton family and its descendants, The "seat" of Grinkle was then an old Mansion House. During the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century the North East of England saw many changes and Grinkle did not escape these. One of the great Industrialists of the time, Sir Charles Mark Palmer, whose influence on the area was enormous, was to bring great changes to Grinkle. Charles Mark Palmer 1822-1907 was an example of industrial genius. He was successful with enterprises such as the transportation of coal and coke, the mining of iron stone, the manufacture of iron and steel and he was the world's largest ship builder!
His motto was "Par
Sit Fortuna Labor" - let the success be equal to the labour. In
1865 Charles Palmer bought the Grinkle Park Estate that was then
considered to be in poor condition and not suitable for cultivation.
This, as with many things, proved to be wrong. In the following
years Mr Palmer bought up neighbouring lands and expanded the Estate
to some 3000 acres.
|Charles Palmer provided work and prosperity for many local people and they were hugely grateful to him. He created good land from bad and made sure the poor and needy were content. Indeed, when he did return from his travels the locals would meet him at Easington, unyoke his horses and the carriages were drawn with great excitement by the people to the Hall in a great procession consisting of schoolchildren, with many others to the sound of music from Hinderwell & Loftus bands amidst the noise of cannons which were kept firing for some time. In 1947 the estate was sold and divided. Sir Charles Mark Palmer (1822-1907) Baronet of Grinkle, lies buried in the graveyard of Easington All Saints Church.|
Grinkle Park Farm was
bought by the current owners the Muir family in 1961 and is still
operated as a working farm with approx 350 acres of arable land. The
Old Dairy was just that in the late 1800's, it has since been used
as a boar house for pigs and now its new use as a holiday cottage
opening for business in July 2007. The Old Dairy, Grinkle Park Farm
cottage is situated on our working farm which is also our home.
Located between the unspoiled rugged coastline and within the North
Yorkshire Moors National Park, it started life as a dairy and has
had many uses over the years including a workshop, farrowing house,
weaner house and boar house. We spent the latter half of 2006 and
until July 2007 renovating and changing the building into the
holiday cottage it is today. We hope you enjoy your stay with us -
we are very much open to any comments or suggestions you may have,
good or bad.