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Ormesby Hall

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It’s Grade I listed building and a predominantly eighteenth-century mansion house that was built in Palladian architecture style. It was completed in 1754. Ormesby Hall is situated in Ormesby. The Pennyman family used to stay in Ormesby Hall, and it dates from c.1600. Since that period, the property has been modernised. The hall is now called “classic Georgian mansion” and comprises an adjacent stable block and a main residential block. On December 2013, the Cleveland Police Mounted Section horse was housed by the stable block. 

The Pennyman family, who started acquiring land in Ormesby village in the sixteenth century, purchased the Manor of Ormesby, which was in around 1600, from the Strangeways/Conyers family. After that, the Pennyman family acquired Baronetcy, which was granted by King Charles II for fighting beside the royalists in the 1642–1651 English Civil War. 

In 1852, the Pennyman baronetcy was extinct after the Sir William Pennyman died. The Pennyman family continued staying at Ormesby Hall until the year 1983 when National Trust (UK’s largest membership organisation that works to preserve as well as protect historic spaces and places forever, for everyone) opened the property plus its 270 acres (110 hectares) of land to the public following Mrs Ruth Pennyman’s death. 

Ormesby Hall contains an important plasterwork, a Victorian kitchen and gardens, laundry areas plus estate walks. Also, there is a model railway open to the public. The Georgian stable block was converted and now serves as Cleveland Mounted Police headquarters; the Old Wing of the building houses a collection of model railway. he exhibition has now been running for more than two decades at the Ormesby Hall, and it draws enthusiast visitors from different areas. 

There are three permanent layouts: Pilmoor Junction, which is on the ECML between Thirsk and York, in the 1930s; illustrating Corfe Castle, in Dorset, in the early twenties; plus a layout of Thomas the Tank Engine that was built as part of the celebration for the Child’s National Trust Year.

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