Friday 7th September 2012 at 12 MD
Mark Newman, Archaeologist of National Trust and NT volunteers
Visit To Ormesby Hall
A beautiful late summer morning added to the attraction of the buildings and their surrounding parkland as 29 members of our group made their way into the ornate hallway of on of the area’s finest houses. Linda Hayward introduced us to Mark Newman, the National Trust’s archaeologist for Yorkshire and the North East.
Mark’s presentation was entitled ‘Great Oaks from Little Acorns’ in which he sought to cover both his 20 year association with the property alongside a history of Ormesby, its community and the Pennymans long association.
From their first purchase of land here in 1580, through an initial cross-
Following the talk Wayne Barnacal presented Malcolm Bisby with his Award for Outstanding Achievement from the British Association for Local History. In accepting the award Malcolm stated that he did so as part of a team which had achieved much in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Rosedale Railway.
A soup and sandwich lunch ensued and then our party divided into three groups who were given a comprehensive tour of Ormesby Hall’s most significant rooms. We were treated to an explanation of how this remarkable family had continued to progress despite the remarkable extravagance of the 6th Baronet who gambled away the family fortune and the 7th of that title passing without producing an heir. Latterly the guides explained how the National Trust had come to take over the property which is now retained in exactly the state as when the last of the Pennymans left its occupation.
The audience for Mark’s Talk
Wayne presents Malcolm with his award