Manchester and the Renaissance in Cheshire


Renaissance Country Mansions in Manchester &
the North West

Tatton Hall & Park

Tatton Hall & Park, Cheshire

Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN. Tel: 01565 654822.

Tatton park and hall are probably one of the
most visited properties of the National Trust, with there being so
much to see and do that a lot of families make a weekend of it. Tatton
Park covers an area of almost 5 square miles, Tatton Mere itself is
a mile long. The park has a vast herd of deer – 500 Fallow deer and
200 red deer. The Italian style garden, immediately in front of the
Hall, are best viewed at the end of May and the beginning of June.
Also well worth a visit is the Golden Brook Pool, an unforgettably
beautiful and tranquil sight, including an island on which stands
a Shintu temple, brought and erected by Japanese workmen who also
laid out an ornamental Japanese water garden (see photo right) and
tea house, The gardens have to be rated one of the best in England,
and also include a large Arboretum with many varieties of rare imported
trees and shrubs.

William Egerton starting building the present mansion in 1790 to replace
an original brick building. The Hall contains many beautiful rooms,
including the Music and Drawing rooms which are in red and gold with
fabulous chandeliers on a very grand scale. The Library is bigger
than many found as public buildings. Between the 16th and 20th centuries
the Egertons collected over 12,000 books. Maurice Egerton was a widely
travelled huntsman who collected a great many trophy heads of his
victims which can be seen in the Tenants Hall. Maurice Egerton bequeathed
Tatton to the National Trust so that it would continue to be maintained
after his death – he died in 1958.

Situated 3½ miles from M56 motorway Junction 7½ miles
from the M6 motorway, junction 19. Located 3½ miles north of
Knutsford, 4 miles south of Altrincham. Well signposted. Buses from
Altrincham interchange direct to Hall on Sundays only. Nearest mainline
train station: Knutsford – 2 miles away.

Please check for exact opening times which may be liable to change.
Closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Old Hall & Gardens: open Saturdays, Sundays and
Bank Holidays from April to September and from October to March weekends
only. .
Mansion & Farm: open all year round
but at weekends only from October to March Farm open Sundays only.

Licensed restaurant, toilets, disabled access (see cashier), shop,
garden centre, walking and fishing. Braille Guide available at Garden
Centre. Adventure playground. Rest room available for nursing mothers.
Special school half-term opening. Dogs allowed on lead at Home Farm
and parkland (not allowed in Gardens). Car Parking is charged, but
free to National Trust Members.

Lyme Hall & Park

Lyme Hall and ParkLyme Hall and Park 2

Disley, near Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2NX. Tel: 01663
762023. Fax: 01663 765035.
Information Line: 01663 766492. Email:
Lyme Hall is part sixteenth, part seventeenth, and part eighteenth century
and is the largest house in Cheshire. The grandeur of the interior includes
ceiling paintings by Leoni, a substantial collection of English clocks,
priceless Mortlake tapestries, as well as plaster casts of Greek friezes
showing battle scenes, brought here by Thomas Legh, and Grinling Gibbon’s
woodcarvings. Impressive gardens and parkland which hosts red and fallow
deer, as well as a sunken “Dutch” formal garden and lake. The surrounding
parkland is nearly 1400 acres and gives good views of the Pennine Hills
and the Cheshire Plain. The estate has an Orangery built by Wyatt. Lyme
Park was the family home of the Leghs for 600 years, until it was taken
over in 1946 to be owned by the National trust and part-financed by
Stockport Borough Council.

The surrounding parkland is occupied by herds of free-roaming deer,
in a near perfect ideal setting, whose naturalism is interrupted only
by the long winding road of over a mile up to the hall. The gardens
are designed in the Dutch style, and well worth a stroll around as they
are both bracing and beautiful, overlooked by moorland at the back which
rises to around 1200ft, and which are used by many hikers and lovers
of the country side. Thomas Legh had helped with the excavation of the
temple of Apollo at Bassae where a frieze was found dating back to 420

Located at Disley on the A6 about 6 miles SE of Stockport, 9½
miles NW of Buxton. Buses from Stockport Centre and from New Mills to
estate entrance, and direct to the Hall on Sundays. Mainline train station
nearby at Disley (about ½ mile away on foot).

(Please check – dates and times may be liable to change)
Park: open daily – check for exact times.

House: open from the end of March to end
of October, Friday to Tuesday afternoons. Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Gardens: Every day from the end of March
to end of October.
The Cage: open afternoons, April to October
on 2nd weekend every month.
Paddock Cottage: Afternoons from April
to October 3rd weekend each month.

Admission to Parkland free to pedestrians, cars pay to enter (free to
National Trust Members). There is an admission charge to the Hall &
Gardens with discounted Family Tickets per car. Gardens only at a reduced
rate. Please check for current prices which are always liable to change.

Refreshments are available, with ample car parking and toilet facilities.

The Ale Cellar Restaurant: lunches and
snacks available from end of March to end of October – last serving
Old Workshop Tea Room: Open from end of
March to end of October daily from and from November to March on Saturday
and Sunday afternoons only.
Car Park Kiosk: ice cream, information
and light refreshments are available at the kiosk.
Gift Shops: the Hall Shop sells a wide
range of gifts and is located in the courtyard at the house. The Park
Shop which is opposite the Old Workshop Tea Room also sells gifts and
National Trust items.
Disabled Visitors: extensive access for
the disabled to parts of the Hall and Gardens is available – try to
give advance notice first. Wheelchairs available. Braille and large
print guides available.
Guided Tours: telephone for details.
Miscellaneous: high chairs available for
infants in tea room. Children’s playground. No dogs in house or garden,
but welcomed in parkland if under close control. Extensive walking possibilities.
Lavatories:located at the Old Workshop Tea Room, at the Ale Cellar Restaurant
in the House and in the Gardens.

Sources: See Bibliography
– Books about Manchester

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