'Hermitage' at Ansley Hall
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.
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.