Tyntesfield Orangery and its decline & rise
The Tyntesfield Orangery
Tyntesfield is definitely one of my favourite places for a walk in Bristol, and I’m sure Ash will be loath to agree with me.
I won’t go too much into our last visit to this wonderful National Trust property, if anything at all. That will be another post. But it was around this time last year we went to visit Tyntesfield. Both unaware that it was a fairly lengthy walk from the entrance to the main attraction its self, we thought we’d make our way to the cafe after visiting the house.
On the way, we walked towards the walled garden, and ended passing a beautiful Victorian Orangery.
History of Tyntesfield’s Orangery
Built in 1897, the Orangery was part of the re-modelling of the Kitchen Gardens. In its heyday, the Orangery would have been enjoyed by the Gibbs family and their guests from the 1890s. Can you imagine the parties they must have had here?
By the time the National Trust first took on Tyntesfield in 2002, the Orangery was pretty much derelict building with a number of its stone columns missing and a lot of serious damage to the roof.
Decay and restoration
There was a large amount of decorative stonework that had simply crumbled away. Much of the mortar between the brickwork has washed away. Consequently a number of plants (namely Buddleia) had taken hold and grew away freely in the stonework masonry.
The decay was so bad that the Orangery was put on the English Heritage at Risk Register in 2008. I can imagine this place being in a very sad state at the time.
A long-term restoration project was needed. With funding secured, the work began. With collaboration between professional conservators and Architectural Stone Conservation students from City of Bath College, the Orangery had been fully restored by 2011.
And I would say they’ve done a pretty good job. Wouldn’t you say?
Here’s my photo of the day…
For more details about visiting this property, visit the National Trust website.