Ormesby Hall is a fine example of a Palladian mansion house. The home of the Pennyman family, originally dating from c.1600, the property has been much modernised (by modernised, we mean relative to the 18th century). 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, bought the Manor of Ormesby in about 1600 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. There was the 'Wicked' Sir James Pennyman - so named because of his extravagant lifestyle and his gambling with the family fortune. 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.
The house contains significant plasterwork, a Victorian kitchen and laundry areas, gardens and estate walks. There is also a model railway which is open to the public. Ormesby Hall holds a range of events throughout the year, including 70's Summer Magic, a 1970s-themed outdoor event. Mobility parking, 15 yards from Hall entrance. Mobility toilet in outer courtyard. Braille guide available. There is wheelchair access to the ground floors, tea room, shop and gardens only. Ormesby Hall has wheelchair ramps available and has two manual wheelchairs available for loan.
Location : Ladgate Lane, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 0SR
Transport: Middlesborough (National Rail) then bus. Bus routes :Sapphire 5, Sapphire 5A, and 805 stop nearby.
Opening Times : Sunday to Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
Tickets : Adult £5.00. – Child £2.50.
Tel: 01642 324188