The Vinery and Frameyard
There are two very old vines of dessert grapes (one white and one red) in the vinery.
In days gone by grapes were picked to place on the dinner table for guests to enjoy after their meal.
One of the vines is a ‘Black Hamburgh’ suitable for wine-making. The vines continue to produce a healthy amount of fruit.
There were five frames originally in the frameyard. The walls of the frames were heated, probably with coke or coal. There are double walls of brick and stone. The frames were placed over a layer of manure and straw.
The constant heat would have allowed the growth of tender vegetables and fruits.