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Dates: 30th July – 2nd August 2023

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Quoting reference NM 2023

Tel: 0207 251 0045

Cheshire, one of Britain’s wealthiest counties, contains remarkable country houses. On this tour we visit six of them, ranging from 13th century Chirk to 19th century Capesthorne.

One of the most intriguing is Erdigg, (actually just in Wales). Erdigg was long the home of the Yorke family whose line died out in the 1970’s. Behind them they left not just a house (with all contents) but an estate in an extremely dilapidated condition. This neglect conserved a whole way of country-house life, from the tools in the carpenters shop, the cars and carriages in the stables and the silver in the butler’s safe.

Tabley House

Tabley, by the Yorkshire architect John Carr, was visited by J M W Turner, who painted the mere in the park. The Palladian mansion houses the extensive painting collection of the Leicester-Warren family. It is now owned by Manchester University. Rode, by contrast, is the family home of the Wilbraham family. Here you get two houses for the price of one, for the early 18th century house abuts the later 18th century house. Notable here is the ceramic collection including unique pieces by Walter Crane, the 19th century artist and illustrator who was a friend of the family. Before each visit Nicholas, the tour-leader will give a talk to help “set the scene”.

Capesthorne Hall, nr Macclesfield
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