by on March 4th, 2021 in blogs, News and Blogs, Uncategorised

Culture Recovery Funding will support The Orangery at Ingestre to recover from the impact of COVID-19

The Orangery will receive vital funds to support business plan development and income diversification thanks to a grant award from Architectural Heritage Fund. The award will help the recently restored heritage site to adapt and thrive following the pandemic.

The funding package is part of the wider Culture Recovery efforts funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by Historic England.

Ingestre Orangery is a Grade II listed building within the grounds of Ingestre Hall, Staffordshire and is thought to have been commissioned in the early 19th century. Its history is tightly linked with Ingestre Hall built in 1613 and a third listed building, St Mary’s Church, built in 1676 and reputedly designed by Sir Christopher Wren.  

The Orangery was formally opened in August 2019 and is managed by Friends of Ingestre Orangery. It provides a community hub and hosts a range of cultural and educational activities in the once derelict building.

Lara Rowe, Orangery Development Manager said: ‘The Orangery and Gardens have been hugely valued by our community and visitors over the last year, providing a place to exercise, and to meet friends and family. Like many sites we have worked hard to ensure that it remained viable and this funding will provide an opportunity to adapt to our new circumstances and plan for the future. We are thrilled to be supported by Architectural Heritage Fund at this critical time’.

Matthew Mckeague, CEO, Architectural Heritage Fund, said:

“The COVID-19 crisis has brought unparalleled uncertainty to the heritage sector, with organisations that rely on visitor income or community group usage shuttered for most of the past year. However, these grants will support organisations in becoming more resilient as they emerge from the crisis.

“For forty-five years, the Architectural Heritage Fund has been committed to supporting communities to develop sustainable new uses for their much-loved historic buildings. We are pleased to have been able to offer this additional support at a time of extraordinary need and are very grateful to DCMS for funding these vital grants.”

About Friends Of Ingestre Orangery

The Friends of Ingestre Orangery is a Charitable Company with Charitable Status (Charity No. 1147905). It was established in 2012.  Its charitable objects are to: 

‘Preserve for the nation Ingestre Orangery, Ingestre in the County of Stafford (“the Building”) and to carry on there activities which sustain the preservation of the Building and support and enhance the education, health and well-being of the local community.’

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Lara Rowe at The Orangery, Ingestre on 07860 206584 or email

The Ingestre Orangery: Heritage Pod Development - This project is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development