Ormesby Hall a Grade I listed building, is a predominantly 18th-century mansion house completed in 1754. This is s situated in Ormesby, only three miles from Middlesbrough, in the north-east of England. The home of the Pennyman family, dating back to 1600, the property has been much modernised, and now described as a “classic Georgian mansion”, it comprises a main residential block and an adjacent stable block. The stable block housed the horses of Cleveland Police Mounted Section until their disbandment in December 2013.
The Pennyman family, which began acquiring land in Ormesby in the 16th century, and in about 1600 bought the Manor of Ormesby from the Conyers/Strangeways family.The Pennyman family then acquired a Baronetcy granted by Charles II for fighting on the side of the royalists in the English Civil War. The Pennyman baronetcy became extinct in 1852 with the death of Sir William Pennyman. The Pennyman family continued to live in the Ormesby Hall until 1983 .
The National Trust opened the property and its 110 hectares (270 acres) of land to the public after the death of Mrs Ruth Pennyman. The house contains significant plasterwork, a Victorian kitchen and laundry areas, glorious scenery and gardens and estate walks. There is also a model railway which is open to the public and Ormesby Hall holds a range of events throughout the year, and provides a unique venue for weddings. Ormesby Hall also houses an exhibition of several model railway layouts, 3 permanent and 2 portable that are taken to local events. This is operated by a group of volunteers with special events during the year.
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