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This week we are going to have a wander around the house. Sophie and I thought it was a bit like a tardis, as it seemed to have far more rooms than the outside appearance would have you think.

You can see examples of  bold Palladian plasterwork and the more delicate neo-classical plasterwork ceilings in the drawing and dining rooms.

Firstly the padded doorway.  This was installed by James Stovin Pennyman (1830-96) to help prevent the sounds of conversation disturbing the household  – he worked in York Lunatic Asylum so it’s possibly where he got that idea from.

Lt-Colonel Alfred Worsley Pennyman KOSB (1883-1914) by Frank Watson Wood (Berwick-upon-Tweed 1862 – Strathyre 1953)

Sir James Pennyman Bt (1736 – 1808) by Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 – London 1792)

drawing room

Lots of ceramics on display in the dining room

and a nice view of one of the formal gardens

upstairs is also quite ornate with the plasterwork everywhere

and every bedroom has a four poster

Loved this corner cupboard from the Netherlands circa 1770 – 1800

More art on the walls


Still Life with a Parrot, Fruit and Dead Birds  by Jakob Bogdani (Eperjes (now Presov), Hungary c.1660 – Finchley 1724) 

because who wouldn’t want a parrot and dead birds on the wall??

Beatrix Jane Frances Walker was born on 23 December 1873.1 She was the daughter of Sir James Robert Walker, 2nd Bt. and Louisa Susan Marlborough Heron-Maxwell.2 She married Reverend William Geoffrey Pennyman on 18 February 1901. She died on 17 July 1959 at age 85.1 From 18 February 1901, her married name became Pennyman.

Sir Thomas Pennyman, 2nd Bt (1642 – 1708) Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680)

Ruth Pennyman lived here and in this room, till her end.

and clearly liked her nylon stockings

Them wer’t days.

Enough for this week, and I’ll be back next Thursday with a bit more from the hall.

Stay tooned 🙂

38 comments on “Ormesby Hall – March 2019 -Part 2

  1. beetleypete says:

    They certainly had a lot of stuff, and lived well. Much easier to do that , when your servants are doing all the jobs. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes must be nice!

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    2. Sue says:

      Bang to rights, Pete!

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  2. Wow! What a nice photo tour of a house, I will probably never visit!

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    1. Haha well you kinda did, virtually 🙂

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  3. -N- says:

    I love all these field trip you and Sophia take. Where I live, to quote, “Some of these houses are more than 25 years old.” Anyway, it fascinates me people have such vast households with so many rooms and objets d’art. I also think about the cleaning and dusting! One thing that always strikes me is the colors people in England use to paint their walls – bright colors like reds, the shell and pale greens, and the use of wall paper. Here, if you have a brightly colored house, you are strange . . . maybe the longer seasons of low light are part of the reason, whereas here, bright sunshine enhances colors? Anyway, keep them coming – really fun to see and learn about. Nice shots, too.

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    1. Thanks Naomi, yes I think because we have so many grey days, we lika a bit of colour indoors as that’s where we mainly stay!

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  4. raistlin0903 says:

    Terrific post, accompanied with more terrific photographs (and of course nice to see something from The Netherlands featured as well😊). I always love to see historic things as you well know, so all I can say is:keep it coming! 😊

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    1. Thanks Michel, I will 🙂

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    1. It is! cheers Kim 😘

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  5. I hope you & Sophie have a great time! Thanks for sharing such wonderful history and beautiful photography.❤💙❤💙

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    1. Thanks for looking at my posts Book’em 😘


      1. Of course, my friend.❤💙 I love checking them out. I do get overwhelmed in a good way by all the visual entertainment. I just love your photography!

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        1. Thanks hunny 😘


  6. richlakin says:

    Fantastic art. Love the Joshua Reynolds…..

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    1. They have some great stuff there for sure! Thanks for visiting 😊


  7. Keith says:

    Stunning. I find myself captivated by these visual tours. My imagination runs wild thinking about the lifestyles etc.

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    1. Mine too! It’s fun to imagine those times, hope your holiday is going well, get off the net!

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  8. joshi daniel says:

    Old and beautiful 🙂

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    1. Like me! 🤣 cheers Joshi 😊


  9. April Munday says:

    I wonder if they ever felt overwhelmed by all those things. It’s nice to visit, but I don’t think I’d want to live there. Having the servants that went with it would be nice, though.

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    1. I doubt they were overwhelmed, it would be the norm for their society, but you’d need a big gaff if you’re going to have servants!

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      1. April Munday says:

        Not necessarily. They wouldn’t have to live in.

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        1. I suppose not, but I can’t remember visiting anywhere where they didn’t as yet!

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  10. That’s quite some elaborated plasterwork and stuff in general. Not for everyday man or woman, I would say…

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    1. Hah no I think not.

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  11. I can’t resist reading a blog post that mentions the “Tardis”. 🤪

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    1. Hah, it felt like one!


  12. I admire your photography so much, Fraggle; so clear. It’s always good to have a parrot about the place; nothing sucks seeds like a parrot.

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    1. groan 🤣 cheers Mike


  13. ortensia says:

    An other lovely tour 😍
    I love the new pic on blog avatar

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  14. enmanscamera says:

    Thanks for the great tour. and as always, great photos fragg..

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  15. steviegill says:

    The upper-class beds of yesteryear always look luxurious but seem rather short, which as a tall person bothers me! Nice shots, love the plasterwork.

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