Ingestre Pavilion
   John Chetwynd started to improve the grounds of Ingestre Hall after his retirement from politics in 1747, and probably built the Pavilion to close of a long vista down to the vale of the Trent. The Pavilion is shown on a map by Capability Brown in 1756, when he was planning further changes to the park and gardens.

   It was built by Charles Trubshaw, a skilled local mason who was working at Ingestre in 1752. The architect is not known , but a drawing in the RIBAs collection shows a similar design attributed to William Kent with different proportions and detail, and the Pavilion is in the manner of a structure by Kent at Stowe. 
   The building is stone faced with a broad pediment and rusticated masonry. The subdivision of the facade formed by slight projections and recessions. There is a central recess with a screen of Ionic columns. 

Ground Floor Plan of Ingestre Pavilion Originally there was  a rectangular rear section shown on Capability Brown's plan, and confirmed by excavations in 1989. These showed a large central saloon forming an 18 ft cube, with other rooms on two floors around it. There was a cellar, but no evidence of chimneys or fireplaces for heating or cooking, suggesting that it was only used in summer. The building backed onto the Park Wall.

    Estate maps of 1789 and 1802 show that the main rear portion of the building was demolished between these dates - probably in the 1790s when the estate was in the care of trustees after the death of the 1st Earl talbot in 1793.

Pavilion in 1984
   The building is Grade II Listed and was restored and enlarged in 1990 by the Landmark Trust, having been granted to them on a peppercorn lease by Mr D.G. and A.M.Harrison in memory of their father. Mr Harrison senior had purchased the Pavilion and surrounding woods some years earlier when it was in a sorry state, as shown by this photograph taken in 1984.

Ingestre Pavilion showing old & new brickwork
   The late Philip Jebb designed new rooms to be added behind the facade. As originally, these were built in brick with one large main room running through the two stories, and the upstairs rooms linked by a gallery running through this salon. Major repairs were also carried out to the main facade and plaster vault, with work completed in 1991. The restoration won the Stafford Borough Council Conservation Award in 1992. The Pavilion is now available as holiday self-catering accommodation throughout the year with booking through the Landmark Trust.

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Last Updated 30.7.2003

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