Thomas Messenger was the foremost designer of greenhouses in Victorian and Edwardian England.
I meet local historian Jon-Paul Carr who undoubtedly has the largest collection of photographs, maps and papers covering the Irchester parish which includes Chester Farm – an extraordinary 20,000 items and still growing.
Jayne's father managed Chester Farm from 1958 to 1972 and lived at Chester House together with his wife, daughter Jayne and son Robert
The Northampton Mercury began in 1720 and in an edition dated 8 August 1869, describes itself as ‘Being a Collection of the most Material Occurrences, Foreign and Domestick. Together with An Account of Trade’.
The majority of the works at Chester Farm involve restoration, but there is also an exciting and major new build – the provision of an Archaeological Research Centre, known for short as The ARC