The Orangery at Burton Constable

The Orangery is a fabulous example of an 18th century hothouse. Once used for growing exotic fruits for the Constable family's dining table, it now makes a fantastic spot for picnics, relaxing in the sunshine and family games on the lawn.

History of The Orangery

The Orangery was completed to the designs of Thomas Atkinson with artificial stone ornament supplied by Mrs Eleanor Coade (1733-1821) in 1782 at a cost of £83-18s-7d. The Coadestone comprises numerous acanthus leaves on the frieze, decorative and figurative plaques on the façade, together with a series of figures, urns and pineapples on the parapet. Restoration of the Orangery building and its important collection of sculptural ornament was completed in 2013.

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Did you know?
Over 80 different species of birds have been spotted at Burton Constable, from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest, to large birds of prey such as Buzzards and Barn Owls
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses 

The Burton Constable Whale is featured in Herman Melville's famous novel Moby Dick. 

Today the Burton Constable Whale is nicknamed 'Constable Moby'

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