Hall’s orangery is restored to its former glory

The restored orangery at Kelmarsh Hall
The restored orangery at Kelmarsh Hall

A beautiful orangery in a stately home has been restored to its former glory.

The 18th century orangery at Kelmarsh Hall was salvaged from Brixworth Hall in the 1950s and contributions from the Finnis Scott Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Northamptonshire Gardens Trust, private donors, local businesses and members of the public have enabled The Kelmarsh Trust to renovate it.

The building is an important part of Northamptonshire’s heritage as it is faced with Kingsthorpe Pendle, a soft white sandstone, which is no longer quarried and is quite rare. The building was listed on English Heritage’s National Monuments record in 1945, and is the only publicly accessible remnant from Brixworth Hall.

Works to restore the building were completed in October and an official opening and thank you event is planned for December.

One of the guests at the opening will be Joan Clapham, a Brixworth woman who was photographed standing in front of the orangery in 1947 when it was located at Brixworth Hall, and who will be going to the opening to see the building once again nearly 70 years later.

Kelmarsh’s fundraiser Carla Cooper said: “Visitors will be able to sit inside and experience quiet contemplation while enjoying the vista.

“The orangery has the most beautiful glass roof and even on a cold dull day it is a light, warm and tranquil place.”