WYTHENSHAWE HALL

And the Tatton Family

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16th February 2010 and 7 September 2015

 

Wythenshawe Hall
Wythenshawe Hall, 2015

 

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Wythenshawe Hall, 2015   2015
Wythenshawe Hall   Oliver Cromwell
Detail of panels   Oliver Cromwell

 

Since I took these pictures, the Hall has been severely damaged by fire, on 16 March 2016. There is a site for The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall.

A Manchester City Council website gives information on the restoration.

 

The Tatton Family

Wythenshawe Hall lies in what was formerly Lancashire but because of the numerous connections with Cheshire families, the Tatton family are included in this discussion of Cheshire Gentry. The Tattons of Wythenshawe can be traced to Robert de Tatton, living about 1300.  His grandson, Robert de Tatton of Kenworthy had a grant of land in "Withinshawe" in 1370.  He married Alice the daughter and heiress of William de Mascy of Wythinshagh. The main line of descent married into many of the local Cheshire gentry families over the next centuries including

Mascy of Coddington Davenport of Chester Booth of Dunham
Fitton of Gawsworth Warren of Poynton Leycester of Toft
Brereton of Ashley Davenport of Bramall Egerton of Tatton

Wythenshawe Hall was besieged for three months during the Civil War in 1642-43 when Robert Tatton and about 50 servants held out against the parliamentarians.  The house was captured.

William Tatton employed Lewis Wyatt in the 1790s to extend the original Elizabethan Hall with the construction of a library on the ground floor, shown to the right of the half timbered frontage.  The hall is now owned by Manchester City Council and open to visitors.

The 18th Century

The following family tree taken from East Cheshire Past and Present by J.P. Earwaker, London, 1870, shows how William Tatton married the Egerton heiress in 1747. His son, also William, changed his name to Egerton to succeed to the estate at Tatton Park. In the following generation the eldest surviving son retained the name Egerton and the estate at Tatton Park, whereas the second son changed his name back to Tatton and had the Wythenshawe estate.

 

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Sources

Wikipedia Article on Wythenshawe Hall

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