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Ormesby Hall Tour

Normanby LHG Visits Ormesby Hall 22nd June 2016

Only a few miles west of our village of Normanby is the 18th century mansion of Ormesby Hall - the home of the Pennyman family for over 400 years.

James and Ruth, the last of the Pennyman line, were actively involved with the local community and in the 1930s they helped unemployed miners learn carpentry skills through the venture 'Boosbeck Industries' and set up market gardens and livestock schemes.

Jim continued with his estate work and responsibilities alongside Ruth whose love of the arts transformed Ormesby into a home of theatrical performances and workshops.

Colonel Jim Pennyman died in 1961 and bequeathed the hall to the National Trust whilst his arts-loving wife Ruth continued to live at the Hall until she died in 1983.

The National Trust has kept the Hall as it was when occupied by the last Pennymans so it remains an intimate home with fine plasterwork, carved woodwork and many portraits and paintings within an 18th century Palladian structure completed in 1754.

The adjacent earlier Manor House was converted to provide the Victorian laundry and kitchen, with scullery and game larder, which are especially interesting.

After our 2 hour tour we rested on the terrace with welcome refreshments from the shop!

We would like to thank the staff and volunteers who opened the hall for our tour and provided such knowledgeable and interesting guidance round the hall.
 2016 Normanby LHG at Ormesby Hall  
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