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Saturday, 22 March 2008

A Palladian gem

Tabley House is a splendid example of Georgian architecture at its finest. It was the seat of the Leicesters, an ancient Cheshire family, for nearly seven hundred years. Sir Peter Leicester, the 1st Baronet, was a noted historian and antiquarian. Tabley was built in the 1760s for Sir Peter Byrne Leicester, the 4th Baronet, by John Carr of York because Tabley Old Hall, the original family home, no longer provided suitable living accommodation. Tabley's beauty has long been a source of inspiration to artists such as JMW Turner.
You can find out more in my Footsteps feature for this month's BBC History magazine.
Image © Sue Wilkes

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