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22 May 2004, 2 April 2005, 9 Oct 2005, 5 July 2006, 22 Jan 2013, 21 March 2013, 1 May 2013

Tatton Mansion
The Mansion in 2013
Mansion   Portico
The Mansion   The Portico
Deer   Rhododendrons
The Deer Park   Tatton in bloom
Garden   Parachute memorial
Ornamental garden   Memorial to Parachute Training School
Portico   Garden bell
Under the Portico, April 2005   Bell in the vegetable garden
corinthian column   architectural swag
Corinthian Column   Detail of decoration
Lion   Urn
Garden statue   Greek urn with musicians


Tatton Park is very well known in Cheshire and the Greater Manchester area. It is owned by National Trust and has its own website. The park has walks through mature woodand and around two lakes. In addition to the 18th century mansion house, there is an old hall about three quarters of a mile across the park, where you can enjoy a very informative tour. The gardens are spectacular, particularly when the rhododendrons are in flower. In addition there is a fern house and an orangery. There are numerous events held in the grounds each year including a game fair and the Royal Horticultural Society's show. During the Second World War, the park was used for parachute training. Trainees jumped from a tethered balloon. The inscription on the plaque reads:

Throughout most of the Second World War, Tatton Park was the dropping zone for No. 1 Parachute Training School, Ringway. This stone is set in honour of those thousands from many lands who descended here in the course of training given or received for parachute service with the Allied Forces in every theatre of war.

Tatton Park has the Old Hall, the Mansion, gardens, park walks and also a farm.  Here are a few shots from October 2005

Tatton, Cheshire   Tatton, Knutsford, Cheshire
Farm house   Farm house kitchen
Tatton Park   Tatton Park
There were no trading standards in the 19th century!   Growing piglets
Deer   Deer
Deer in March 2013   Deer in Jan 2013


The Egerton Family

The Tatton Estate has a complex history. In the 12th century the land was owned by the Tatton family, which took its name from the place. A branch of the Massey family acquired the property in the late 13th century. In the 16th century, the heiress, Joan Massey married William Stanley. They had no sons but one daughter, variously named as Joan or Jane. She married Sir Richard Brereton and their grandson, Richard Brereton, married Dorothy Egerton, the daughter of Richard Egerton of Ridley. When Richard Brereton and Dorothy died without issue the estate went to Dorothy's half brother, Thomas Egerton, the illegitimate, but acknowledged son of Richard Egerton. Thomas Egerton was a lawyer and became Lord Chancellor. He died in 1617. The family tree below, taken from Ormerod, starts with Thomas Egerton. The family had connections with many of the land owning families of Cheshire. In the late 18th century, the land went back to the Tatton family when Hester Egerton, married William Tatton of Wythenshawe. When Hester Tatton became sole heiress of her father, she took the name of Egerton again and her son then succeeded to Tatton Park and Wythenshawe.

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