Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire

by David Murray on 7 December 2011

in Cheshire, Gardens, Historic Houses

Arley Hall Cheshire 1991

Arley Hall, Cheshire

Recently I promised to include weekly items on attractive places further south than my recent Cumbrian and Pennine posts. Regulars here will have noticed very little activity of any kind since then. I’ve been working on a major new feature of the site (secret! husshhh!) to be launched shortly and was rather distracted from routine blogging.

Today, however, I thought we’d go down to Cheshire. I first “discovered” Arley Hall almost thirty years ago while researching a Westmorland family, Bateman of Tolson Hall, who migrated south, built Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire (where the gardens are now in the care of the National Trust) and intermarried with the Arley Hall family. I’ll maybe write something about Biddulph Grange at a later date, but for now let’s go to Arley.

Arley Hall Gardens - Cheshire - 1991

A Corner of Arley Hall Gardens, Cheshire

Arley Hall was rebuilt by Rowland Egerton-Warburton in the first half of the 19th century on the site of a previous rather dilapidated house built from the 15th century onwards. The same family has lived here for more than five centuries, and a guided tour of the house is to be strongly recommended. The ceilings and oak panelling are splendid, and being a bibliophile the library was a highlight for me.

The Arley Hall gardens are outstanding, and when they describe them as “amongst the finest in Britain and Europe” they are not exaggerating. Developed by successive generations of the family over two and a half centuries, their eight acres now include many separate areas very different from one another in style. These are special gardens.

Check the Arley Hall web site for opening dates and times during the visitor season.

Photographs by David Murray, 1991.

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