North Range Glass House – Further Renovation

3rd September 2021

The Parks for People Project is coming to an end with work relating to this completed in August. Visitors can enjoy all areas of the parkland, go hunting for monsters, capture a fairy, get close up and personal with a swan on the lakes and rediscover long lost history.

Many of the new features have been inspired by Winifred Spencer Stanhope scrapbooks, who grew up at Cannon Hall in the 1900s.

The next phase of improvements is about to begin; just as we thought the walled garden couldn’t look any better, we have successfully received funding to refurbish the North Range building which has been derelict for many years. Barnsley Museum & Heritage Trust in partnership with BMBC have secured funds of £50,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, BMBC has topped this up so work to transform this disused building into a training venue began in August.

The building was once a mushroom house, boiler plant, potting store and gardener’s office, so it is fitting that Museum Services hopes to use the building to host classes in horticulture, art and design, pottery and enhance school and college learning sessions, training and inspiring young people and adults to look after and appreciate our wonderful historically significant plant collection at Cannon Hall.

The front of the building has already benefitted from significant improvement, the old derelict glass has been removed and now has two lovely bookend greenhouses on the front.

You can see how the building has been renovated by visiting the Walled Garden at Cannon Hall, and if you visit before 31st October, you will also see the excellent Invasive Species exhibition.

More information here  Invasive Species: Shaping the Landscape | Cannon Hall (

North Range Glass House – Further Renovation