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.
David Dickinson, farm manager at Chester Farm between 1958 and 1972, describes the farm as being "in a pretty awful state" when they arrived
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
Jayne's father managed Chester Farm from 1958 to 1972 and lived at Chester House together with his wife, daughter Jayne and son Robert