Looking for something to do this Summer? Look out for the latest from Lingfield – a walk down memory lane with an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Lingfield Point – bringing together local history experts, former workers – and the people breathing new life into the former Patons and Baldwins wool factory.
We’re holding this fascinating display at Beehive – once the very heart of the social life of Patons and Baldwins – which has been upcycled into stylish high spec office space.
In its prime, Beehive housed its own theatre and ballroom and was the centre of events for workers that kept the factory as the top place to work in Darlington – and we’re continuing to bring the ethos of providing round the clock offer with out of work activities and new homes available on site.
The SIXTY exhibition has been curated by Beehive – the Darlington-based heritage knitwear company – brings the history and stories of J&P Coats to P&B since 1785 to life through Mens and Women’s knitwear. Andrea Freeman, owner and director of The Beehive Brand is delighted to support Lingfield Point in celebrating 60 years of community and enterprise at the Beehive building. The location is one of the spiritual homes of The Beehive Brand over its 230 year history.
Katherine Williamson, from the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library, where the Patons and Baldwins archive is held, said: “We are pleased to make this loan to Lingfield Point – we’ve been able to provide an amazing archive of photographs, building plans, and minutes of meetings which tell the story of the company in Darlington and beyond. From photographs of staff to war rationing labels the collection is well used by the people of Darlington and is always available to view in Crown Street Library.”
John Orchard, a director of Lingfield Point developers Marchday, said: “This site has played a huge part in many local people’s lives, and continues to do so in its new incarnation as Lingfield Point. We recognise the heritage and are recording people’s memories of what was for many people a very happy place to work. Our regular customer surveys tell us people are certainly happy to work here – so its nice to know the tradition continues”
Artist James Patterson will be exhibiting on the mezzanine floor – showing some of his work, based on Patons and Baldwins knitting patterns.
At Lingfield Point, it’s our aim to enhance people’s working lives with art, fun, events and features such as our beehives, knitting classes and allotments – as well as high spec office space to rent.
This unique exhibition runs from 29 July to 8 August, Monday – Friday from 11am – 2pm.
For more information on Lingfield Point and its unique space, please contact one of the management team on 01325 486486.