Having formerly been known as Marks Hall Estate, a rebrand now sees the site’s moniker altered to Markshall Estate. Records for a large manor called Markshall date back to the Domesday Book of 1086, based on the Anglo-Saxon spelling Mercheshala.
The change of name symbolises a new era for the venue, with several other key changes and modernisations in the pipeline over the coming weeks, as the charity which runs Markshall prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday in November.
“Like most heritage sites, we want to celebrate our long past, honour and explore our roots, and tell our stories for many years to come,” explains Kath Cockshaw, Markshall Estate’s executive director.
“Although other names have been used over the years, our historic name is a huge part of our land’s heritage and identity since Saxon times, and as Markshall Estate evolves, we are pleased to say it will be a big part of our future.”
A new website adds a digital overhaul to the 50th anniversary changes, with extended opening hours also having been announced to enable the public to access the 2,350-acre Estate and Arboretum six days a week, all year round.
“This is a significant milestone for us as we develop our visitor offer and bolster our conservation work alongside a new five-year strategy,” Cockshaw concludes.
Visitors have already been allowed on site – taking advantage of restrictions on outdoor attractions having been relaxed – as Markshall held a Easter Family Trail to attract school holiday audiences and kickstart its 2021 programme.