The Jinney Ring was the brainchild and creation of Jenny and Richard Greatwood (left in photo at the bottom of the page) who bought an "Old House Farm" and gradually transformed it into the beautiful attraction it is today. Richard, who was a great craftsman himself, loved working in wood and enjoyed building the barns whilst maintaining their character.
The "Jinney Ring" name came from Richard's fascination with old farm machinery (of which there is much around the grounds and buildings of the Centre). The Jinney Ring was the earliest form of rotary power used on farms. Until the beginning of the 19th Century the only forms of power available on farms were horses and water. The invention of the Jinney Ring allowed horse power to be converted to drive farm, previously manual, equipment. The horse would walked around a large wheel with cogs which turned shafts and then belts and chains of the farm equipment such as corn grinders, sugar beat shredders and mangles. In some parts of the country the Jinney Ring was called "gin-gangs" from which came the word "engine".
Richard and Jenny retired in 2005, selling the business to Malcolm and Amanda Sunter (see above). Since they have owned the Centre, Amanda and Malcolm have extended the gardens, introduced a lot of regular events such as a sculpture trail, a beer and blues festival and many other activities. They continue to invest in the old buildings and are committed to the principles of their predecessors.