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The Jenkinson Family

The Eastwood Park Estate is associated with the Jenkinson family of Bristol. A family that has all had distinguished careers, with many of the early members becoming great travellers and seafarers. They are responsible for the Victorian country house present today with many original features

Anthony Jenkinson a companion of the explorer Sebastian
Cabot - was also a traveller and attempted the first land
crossing from Moscow to China in the late 1500s

Sir Charles Jenkinson - Seventh Baronet, First Baron of Hawkesbury and the First Earl of Liverpool, bought the
Estate in the 18th century. His son, the Second Earl, was
Prime Minister of England from 1812 to 1827. The peerage ceased on the death of the Third Earl in 1851, when his
cousin Sir Charles Jenkinson became Baron

Family motto

The Jenkinson family motto "I obey, I do not serve/Pareo non servio" can be seen above the stained glass window on the main staircase of the country house, along with the Jenkinson family's coat of arms.The Estate has changed hands
over the years and its new owners have adapted the main
Victorian country house and adjacent buildings each time

Turret clock

The clock is installed in what was the old stables building, now offices. Benson, of Ludgate Hill, made the clock London - clock maker to HRH Prince of Wales

Mears & Steinback cast the bell in 1871

The clock needs to be manually wound once a week

 

Estate history

1865

Sir George Samuel Jenkinson succeeded to the family estate and was responsible for building
the house we know today. Architect Samuel
Whifield Daukes designed the house in 1868

1916

The Trustees of the family sold the Estate to
Mr Charles Tucker, a farmer from Frome

1919

The estate passed to Mr Harry Collett Bolt,
a gentleman of Twickenham

1935

The Commissioners of His Majesty’s Works and Public
Buildings purchased 200 acres of the estate including
the mansion house

1936

The Home Office opened the Civilian Anti Gas School and a
year later the annexe was built. The name of the school was
then changed to The Ministry of Home Security Air Raid
Precautions School

1945

The school was loaned to the South Western Police District
and became No7 District Police Training Centre

1949

The Home Office resumed possession and courses on Civil
Defence were run

1969

The Department of Health and Social Security acquired the
estate and established the Hospital Engineering Centre

1970

On 16 February the first residential course
began for NHS engineering staff

1981

The Centre was renamed the Hospital Estate
management and Engineering Centre

1985

The Centre became part of the NHS Training
Authority

1992

The Avon College of Health assumed management of
Eastwood Park as part of a consortium including the East
Gloucestershire College of Health. The Centre was
renamed Eastwood Park NHS Training & Conference Centre

1997

Fujitsu Services, then known as International Computers Ltd
(ICL) bought Eastwood Park Training & Conference Centre
from the NHS

2003

Ownership passed to Eastwood Park Ltd, following a
successful management buy out

2008

Eastwood Park operates three separate businesses
including a conference centre, an internationally
renowned training centre; and specialist wedding
and special events business

2009

Eastwood Park celebrates 40 years in business
 
TV programmes Casualty, Mistresses and
4 Weddings film on the estate
 
Eastwood Park achieves the matrix Standard quality award and Beacon status, recognising it as one of the top performing companies in the South West

2010

New state of the art dental training facility opened
 
Great Western Air Ambulance team move to
Eastwood Park
 
Teen cult programme Skins films on the estate

2011

New work-based learning team announced
 
Sita Trust move into estate offices
 
Refurbishment of facilities in main house

2012

Improvements and further investment in the estate
continues

2013

Further new furnishings and fittings in the main house

Marking 10 years of continued growth following the MBO


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