'Hermitage' at Ansley Hall

Description of this historic site

The remains of a folly known as the 'Orangery' or 'Hermitage'. It was built during the Imperial period and is situated in the grounds of Ansley Hall, 500m north east of Bull Barn Farm.

Notes about this historic site

1 S of the W end of the S range is the ‘Orangery’, a small detached building in which are re-used late 17th century stone fragments, including Ionic capitals, pieces of a moulded cornice etc., said to have come from Bretts Hall. The building is of red brick with rusticated stone quoins and has a round-headed entrance.
2 18th century orangery with arched openings, their glazing still intact. Above the entrance is a jumble of 17th century stone fragments, probably from a summer house, the Ionic capitals of two pilasters and two columns, and pieces of frieze.
3 In a small copse is the ruined ‘hermitage’; some of the architectural detail is pre 1750.
4 The Hermitage now consists of a dilapidated ‘cave’ of stone blocks.
5 Photographed in 1977.
6 Pevsner notes a separate Hermitage in the grounds.

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