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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 18th century Palladian exterior by John Carr
[Unfortunately we were not allowed to take indoor photographs so we can't share images of the art collections or the Palladian interiors, but they really are quite something to see in person]
There is more to Tabley than just the paintings; for example the Marble Hall, created in 1843 and housing five large relief carvings, including a very impressive frieze of The Nine Muses.
One highlight is the family chapel, rather incongruously reached through the cafe. Though the building that houses the chapel was built in 1920s, after the original original 17th century chapel beside the Old Hall suddenly collapsed. Much of the 17th century fittings, including 20 of the roof beams, were rescued and moved to the new site beside Tabley House. Among the 17th century furnishings are the pulpit and sounding board, and a wonderful chaplain's desk with gilded cherubs for decoration. On the north wall is a window design by Edward Burne-Jones in memory of the 3rd Lord de Tabley. The quality of the woodwork is simply wonderful, with richly carved decoration and gilded details.
We came for the architecture of Tabley - I'm a big fan of the Palladian style - but its the art that I remember most vividly. The collection of painting is exceptional, and to see them displayed in such a beautiful 18th century setting is a wonderful experience.
Note that Tabley is first and foremost a care facility, but as of this writing the ground floor rooms and artwork are regularly open to the public during advertised times.
About Tabley House
Address: Knutsford, Cheshire, England, WA16 0HB
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: Off the A556, south of Junction 19 of the M6
Website: Tabley House
Phone: 01565 750151
Fax: 01565 653230
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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