Sir Alfred Molyneux Palmer - Phyllis' Father

Phyllis' fathers name was Sir Alfred Molyneux Palmer, 3rd Baronet (3 June 1853-9 August 1935, age 82)   He was the son of Sir Charles Mark Palmer (3 November 1822 – 4 June 1907) and Jane Robson.

Sir Alfred married Ellen Edith Young, daughter of Frederick George Younge, on 31 March 1884, educated at Harrow School, He was Chartered Accountant (C.A.) at County Durham, England.He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Jarrow.He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Palmer, of Grinkle Park, co. York and of Newcastle-under-Tyne on 23 August 1910. He held the office of High Sheriff in 1915 

Obituary Phylils's Father

From The Colliery Guardian 16 August 1935



The death occurred at Wimbledon last Friday, at the age of 82, of Sir ALFRED MOLYNEUX PALMER, the Tyneside shipbuilder, formerly of Walworth Castle, Darlington. Sir Alfred, who was the third baronet, was a son of the late Sir Charles Mark Palmer, Liberal M.P. for Jarrow and founder of the Palmer Iron and Shipbuilding Co. He succeeded to the title in 1910 on the death of his brother. For many years he was coal owners' representative on the Tyne Improvement Commission, of which he was chairman in 1922. He was director of John Bowes and Partners, Ltd., and chairman of the Bede Metal and Chemical Co., Ltd., and of Palmer, Hall and Co. He was the senior magistrate for Durham, was High Sheriff of Durham in 1915, and represented Durham on the board of governors of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, for 24 years, being chairman of governors for 14 years. His only son and heir, Mr. Frederick Charles Palmer died in 1931 from injuries received in a motor accident. The title will now be held by Sir Alfred's 20-year-old grandson, Mr. Anthony Palmer.

Walworth Castle

Sir Charles Palmer - Phyllis' Grandfather

Phyllis's Grandfather Sir Charles Palmer

Responding to his master’s command, the coachman reined in his horses and the open landau pulled up in front of the almost derelict building.

Sir Charles Palmer, accompanied by Alfred Waterhouse, an architect and builder of some distinction alighted and together they inspected the run down property which had been in the Conyers-Middleton family for centuries. As they picked their way through the various rooms, Sir Charles was seen to be nodding enthusiastically and Waterhouse was jotting down notes in his pocket book. 
Passing farm labourers exchanged surprised glances, for in this part of the North east Palmer was the man of the moment, his influence in the region was enormous.
He had made his fortune in the iron and steel and shipbuilding industries. His yards at Jarrow were renowned as the largest in the country and he was one of the biggest employers of labour in the land.
What he was missing however, was an estate befitting his status and so in 1865 he bought Grinkle Estate. He was delighted with the purchase but still one important piece of his social jigsaw was missing - a suitable property in which he and his future bride could live. Now Waterhouse was about to provide him with just that.
Better known today as Grinkle Park Hotel, this stately building is located midway between the Guisborough to Whitby moor and coast roads near Loftus.
It became a hotel in 1947 and in 1985 was refurbished by Bass plc and sympathetically transformed into a delightful 20-bedroom hotel amid grounds ablaze with the summer perfumes of azaleas, roses and rhododendrons many of which date back to the Palmer days and attract visitors from all parts of the country.


Another more recent claim to fame - The Beatles stayed at the hotel in 1966.

Grinkle Park - Phyllis Holt's grandfathers home