The house was the property of the Napper family, who acquired the manor after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and also ownedTintinhull Court, and was passed down in the family until they sold it sometime after 1814.
The Nappers let it to the Pitt family until the death of John Napper in 1791. It passed through several hands until 1835, when it was bought by Jeremiah Penny. In 1898 the then owner, Arthur Cobbett, added a single-storey extension to the east front before selling it to his tenant the botanist, Dr. S.J.M. Price. In 1933 it was bought by Phyllis Reiss and her husband, Capt. F.E. Reiss.
The garden is laid out into areas separated by walls and hedges.
The garden layout was developed in the early 20th century, which was expanded and planted starting in 1933 by Phyllis Reiss in a Arts and Crafts "Hidcote" style. The 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) garden is separated into "rooms" by Yew hedges and walls. The different areas include Eagle Court, Middle Garden, Fountain Garden and Pool Garden.
In 1954 Reiss gave the house and garden to the National Trust, but continued to live in the house and care for the garden until her death in 1961. From then on, the Trust let the house to a variety of tenants, including the garden designer and writer Penelope Hobhouse and her husband Prof John Malins from 1980 to 1993.
Lacock Abbey, dedicated to St Mary and St Bernard, was founded in 1229 by the widowed Lady Ela the Countess of Salisbury, who laid the abbey's first stone 16 April 1232, in the reign of King Henry III, and to which she retired in 1238. Her late husband had been William Longespee, an illegitimate son of King Henry II. The abbey was founded in Snail's Meadow, near the village of Lacock. The first of the nuns were veiled in 1232.
Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-16th century, Henry VIII of England sold it to Sir William Sharington, who converted it into a house starting in 1539, demolishing the abbey church. Few other alterations were made to the monastic buildings themselves: thecloisters, for example, still stand below the living accommodation. About 1550 Sir William added an octagonal tower containing two small chambers, one above the other; the lower one was reached through the main rooms, and was for storing and viewing his treasures; the upper one, for banqueting, only accessible by a walk across the leads of the roof. In each is a central octagonal stone table carved with up-to-date Renaissance ornament. A mid-16th century stone conduit house stands over the spring from which water was conducted to the house. Further additions were made over the centuries, and the house now has various grand reception rooms.
In the 16th and early 17th centuries, Nicholas Cooper has pointed out, bedchambers were often named for individuals who customarily inhabited them when staying at a house. At Lacock, as elsewhere, they were named for individuals "whose recognition in this way advertised the family's affinities": the best chamber was "the duke's chamber", probably signifying John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, whom Sharington had served, while "Lady Thynne's chamber", identified it with the wife of Sir John Thynne of Longleat, and "Mr Mildmay's chamber" was reserved for Sharington's son-in-law Anthony Mildmay of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire.
During the English Civil War the house was garrisoned by Royalists. It was fortified by surrounding it with earthworks. The garrison surrendered (on agreed terms) to Parliamentarian forces under the command of Colonel Devereux, Governor of Malmesbury, within days of Oliver Cromwell's capture of the nearby town of Devizes in late September 1645.
The house eventually passed to the Talbot family. It is most often associated with William Henry Fox Talbot. In 1835 Talbot made the earliest known surviving example of aphotographic negative, a photogenic print of the oriel window in the south gallery of the Abbey. Talbot continued with his experiments at the Abbey and by 1840 had discovered the negative/positive process to record photographic images by chemical means.
The Abbey houses the Fox Talbot Museum devoted to Talbot's pioneering work in photography and the original photograph of the oriel window he developed.
Lacock Abbey and the surrounding village were given to the National Trust in 1944. The Trust market the abbey and village together as Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village.
Ormesby Hall is a predominantly 18th century mansion house built in the Palladian style, situated in Ormesby, near Middlesbrough, in the unitary authority of Redcar and Cleveland in the north-east of England.
The property, which is a Grade I listed building, comprises two adjacent blocks. The older was possibly built about 1600 and subsequently much modernised. The later, and main residential block, dates from the mid 18th century. The 18th century stable block also enjoys Grade I listed building status and until their disbandment in December 2013 housed the horses of Cleveland Police Mounted Section.
The Pennyman family, which began acquiring land in Ormesby in the 16th century, bought the Manor of Ormesby in about 1600 from the Conyers/Strangeways family. The Pennyman family then went on to acquire 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 house until 1983 when 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 boasts fine plasterwork, as well as recreated kitchen areas. There is also a model railway which is also open to the public.
Ormesby Hall holds a range of events throughout the year, including 70's Summer Magic, a 1970s themed outdoor event.
Information taken from Wikipedia :- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormesby_…
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