Orangery reopens at Kelmarsh Hall after refurbishment

Joan Clapham pictured in front of the refurbished Kelmarsh Hall Orangery. She is holding a photo of herself near the same spot as a 12-year-old.
Joan Clapham pictured in front of the refurbished Kelmarsh Hall Orangery. She is holding a photo of herself near the same spot as a 12-year-old.

The 18th century Orangery at Kelmarsh Hall has re-opened after a refurbishment.

The building was salvaged in the 1950s 1950’s from neighbouring Brixworth Hall and, more recently, the Finnis Scott Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Northamptonshire Gardens Trust alongside private donors, businesses and members of the public have supported The Kelmarsh Trust to renovate the beautiful building and secure its future.

Work was completed in October and an official opening and thank you event took place on Tuesday (December 9).

About 60 friends, volunteers and supporters, including representatives from Brixworth History Society, attended.

One of the guests was Brixworth lady Joan Clapham, who is pictured in front of the Orangery in 1947 when it was still located at Brixworth Hall.

Peter Scott, Kelmarsh Trust chairman of the board of trustees, opened the event and the ribbon was cut by Stephen Bernhard, Master of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Dr John Lancaster one of the principal donors.

Kelmarsh fundraiser Carla Cooper said: “it’s been a lovely event at a festive time of year.

“It was wonderful to meet Joan and we couldn’t resist an up to date photograph of her in front of the newly renovated building.

“My efforts will now transfer to providing workshops and events to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this lovely building and if anyone is interested to learn more about events and classes being held in the Orangery please do contact us.”

The building is an important part of Northamptonshire’s heritage and the last publicly accessible remnant of Brixworth Hall.