Ingestre Hall is a Grade II Listed Building, built in 1613 by Sir Walter Chetwynd on the site of an earlier manor house which he completely pulled down. It was altered by Nash circa 1810 and largely rebuilt over 3 years after fire in 1882 on the original lines.

Ingestre Hall and Church from the air    It is of brick with stone dressings and ornamental brick stacks; stone mullioned windows. The front has large two storeyed bays and an imposing Jacobean porch. The interior is mostly modern.

Picture by Staffordshire Life

Ingestre Hall Main Frontage (South) According to Pevsner (19  ) the front built by Walter Chetwynd in 1638 is the foremost display of Jacobean grandeur in the county.  The central tower on the south elevation was redesigned to imitate that of Hatfield House in Middlesex. Behind this front lie rooms reinstated by John Birch after being gutted by a fire on October 12th 1882. The north and west facades were drastically georgianized, and then re-jacobeanized in 1808-10 for the second Earl Talbot by Nash.

   In the 17th century the house had formal gardens to the south and west of the house, with a deer park to the north stretching as far as Weston Bank, 2km away. By 1700 the latest Dutch-influenced garden styles where introduced with a parterre, and new statuary and terraces. The "Wilderness" was created to the north of the house. A park boundary wall was added in the early 18th century, which still survives in places, and there was a circular ride around the park boundaries. John Chetwynd built the Doric Rotunda, now at Tixall; a Gothic Tower and the Pavilion.

North side of Ingestre Hall Around 1760, Capability Brown laid out new walks and a Pleasure Ground with a new ha-ha, as well as naturalising other parts of the park. All the formal gardens had been removed by 1789 and by 1815 an ornamental shrubbery with winding paths called "The Mounts" had been added to the west, with ornamental and kitchen gardens to the east and a raised terrace to the north.

Ingestre Orangery The Orangery, in the grounds to the east of the hall is also Grade II Listed. The main portion has a glass roof and front with large glass panels divided by Doric pilasters. There is an entrance at each end in a pedimented facade with a niche on either side of the door. It is late 18th or early 19th century. According to Pevsner it is "a fine, unostentatious design."

     The Old Stables built in the late 17th century, the New Stables built in 1885 and Ingestre Pavilion, mid 18th century, were all originally part of the Hall environs.

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Last Updated 30.7.2003

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