NZ3429 : Duck Decoy, Hardwick Hall Country Park

taken 9 years ago, near to Sedgefield, County Durham, Great Britain

Duck Decoy, Hardwick Hall Country Park
Duck Decoy, Hardwick Hall Country Park
The duck decoy featured in the sale notes for the estate in 1747. It was an innovative method of trapping ducks to provide food for the dining table. The decoy is a long curving channel off the lake over which netting was stretched over high willow hoops to form a tapering cage. The channel, shown where it opens onto the main lake, runs parallel with the path on the right. Ducks were enticed into the trap by use of a trained dog, a red-coloured, fox-like breed, traditionally named Bo'sun. A man, employed by the estate, would remain out of sight behind wooden screens until the ducks, curious to see the dog, had entered the trap, then close a gate behind them.
Hardwick Park :: NZ3428

John Burdon, a wealthy Tyneside merchant, bought the 150 acre Hardwick Estate in 1748. With the aid of architect, James Paine (1717-89), he developed a range of ornamental buildings, lakes and paths to create a grand Circuit Walk used as a guided walk for the enjoyment and entertainment of his friends. It was basically a playground for rich ladies and gentlemen of the time.

At the end of the C18th, Burdon sold the Park to William Russell and it was then transferred by marriage to the Boyne family. Pleasure gardens had gone out of fashion and the Park went into decline, the buildings became ruined and overgrown and the lakes silted up or drained.
In the C20th, parts of the Park were forested or used for agriculture, and Hardwick Hall was used as a training facility for the unemployed, then a maternity hospital, and eventually a hotel.
In 2001 Durham County Council purchased the whole site with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and embarked on a 10 year restoration project.

Keys to the Past Hardwick Park (Sedgefield) LinkExternal link
National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1000730 LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Friday, 7 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Paths  Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3456 2904 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.3166N 1:27.9509W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3455 2899
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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