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Thursday, 5 May 2011

A lovely walk around Tatton Park

I’ve been so busy recently that I haven’t had time to update my blog for several days, so it will take me a little while to catch up! We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to visit some local history and heritage sites.
It was another really hot day, and although there were lots of visitors, the gardens are so huge that we didn’t feel crowded.

We visited Tatton Park, ancestral home of the Egerton family.  It was another really hot day, and although there were lots of visitors, the gardens are so huge that we didn’t feel crowded. The bluebells in the woods were really beautiful!
At the time of Regency Cheshire, The Beauties of England and Wales (1801) reported that the house was being rebuilt: ‘The building is situated in the midst of a park, containing nearly 2500 acres of arable and pasture land. It stands on an elevated spot of ground, from the front of which a lawn gradually declines to the level of Tatton-mere, a fine piece of water … The designs for the house were given by Mr (Samuel) Wyatt, and are conceived in a style of elegant simplicity, but only part of the edifice is yet finished.’ Several more years passed before the house was completed by Samuel’s nephew Lewis.
Photos:  Bluebells in the gardens in Tatton, and Tatton Hall. © Sue Wilkes

2 comments:

Southerner said...

Hi Sue.

Lovely post.

Tatton House sounds wonderful. The history of these houses,the economic and social strata,the design and construction and endeavours of the people who lived in them are a very important part of our national history.

Marilyn, Abigail our youngest and I spent a few days in Scarborough over Easter and visited Castle Howard.

Sue Wilkes said...

Thanks, Tony. It's been many years since I visited Scarborough - I must go back again sometime. Would like to see Castle Howard again, too.