A working estate

Ormesby Hall view of the parkland from the house with sheep grazing

To this day, Ormesby Hall is a working estate with crop farming and grazing animals.

Ormesby Grange Farm

The Farm was originally built in the 18th century to supply Ormesby Hall with meat and dairy products until the last owner, Colonel James Pennyman, died in the 1960s. As the farmer paid rent to the Pennymans for the farm, he was called a tenant farmer.

The current tenant farmer, Richard Carter, is the third generation of the same family to live on the farm. Richard’s grandad worked on the farm when Colonel James Pennyman was alive. The Farm’s history of careful management has led to it being a sustainable environment with a variety of different animals and crops growing in the fields. The farm is as busy and as exciting throughout the seasons of the year as it was over 200 years ago! 

The farm has a range of buildings, from the large cow shed to the tack room and straw shed. The straw is used for the animals bedding and they hay is their food. The straw and hay are made from the crops growing in the fields. The cow manure is also re-used on the farm.

Easy care sheep at Ormesby

Why are the sheep called easy care?

They don’t need shearing and so you will find their fluffy coats hanging off, because they rub themselves against the fences to get the fur off. Look for the sheep fur as you walk the grounds. We collect the sheep fur and use it in our wildlife habitats.

The sheep often graze in the field at the front of the hall, but for lambing season they are moved closer to the farm with the mothers taken inside. The sheep and their lambs help keep the grass under control for farmer Richard, so you will see them moving around the different fields on the estate carrying out their work.