The Pennymans of Ormesby Hall
Great Broughton Village Hall
On Wednesday 7th October 2015, Phil Burton, retired Visitor Services Manager at Ormesby Hall, talked about its history since 1599 when the Pennyman family arrived in Ormesby. The Pennymans were first recorded in the Stokesley area in the 15th century and had mixed fortunes until the first of many James Pennymans bought the Ormesby estate, including the village of Ormesby, in 1599-
In the late 17th century, the Pennymans acquired other estates and mansions in the area and lived for a while from 1708 in Thornton Hall (eventually demolished) on the Stainton Estate. They owned Normanby Hall (also demolished) and Marske Hall (still in existence). Lairgate Hall, Beverley, was acquired by the marriage of Sir James Pennyman, the third baronet, to Mary Warton of Beverley and the family socialised and lived there at one time. In the early 18th century, the Pennyman estates were vast and extended from Ormesby to the Tees and eastwards to Guisborough and the coast.
In 1722, one of the many James Pennymans married Dorothy Wake, a daughter of the Archbishop of York, and the couple moved into Ormesby Old Hall. Dorothy didn’t think much of the Old Hall and built the Mansion next to it in 1740, which she loved and continued to live in until her death in 1754. The next couple of Pennyman heirs lived elsewhere and Ormesby Hall was empty until the coming of “Wicked” Sir James Pennyman, the 6th Baronet, who made improvements, including building the stables – he was very fond of race-
They were childless and when Jim died in 1961 he bequeathed the Hall, park and farm to the National Trust, though Ruth continued to live there for many years.
The talk was well illustrated with photos of the Hall, grounds and family portraits.
Wednesday 7th October at 2.00pm