Giant Tree Stump

In 1906 Major Stewart and his wife were on one of their extensive World Tours. Their last port of call was the USA where Major Stewart heard the news of the San Francisco earthquake and immediately made arrangements to visit the area. He was very impressed by the giant redwoods, some of which had been felled by the earthquake.

Three years later Major Stewart visited the Seattle Exhibition where he saw a log cut from one of these massive trees. At great expense and difficulty, he wrote, "..... I had it carried by sailing ship round Cape Horn to Hull. From thence it travelled in a special railway truck to Pocklington and now serves as a summer house in our garden."

After his death the cabin gradually fell into disrepair and the only reminder of the original tree is the stump situated outside the pump house at the end of the lower lake.

Gardens