Libraries Round the World – The Mansion at Tatton Park, England

Tatton Park is located outside Manchester, England in a village called Knutsford and said to be one of the UK’s most intact historic estates. Manchester is England’s second largest city, and the third in the UK after Edinburgh and London. 

Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
The mansion with other buildings nearby

The Egerton family owned this property from 1598 to 1948 when the last owner, the 4th Baron Egerton, died. The first house on the estate dates from 1716 and was altered over the years. But it still has the worldly charm of a bygone era. In 1884, Tatton was one of the first houses to get electricity outside London.

Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Part of the medieval old hall
Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
A view from the window, the estate has 50-acres of landscaped gardens

The private library of the Egerton’s contains over 8,000 books with the oldest dating from the 1500s. The room is in a Neo-classical style and perfectly symmetrical.

Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Making myself at home in the library as suggested by the tour guide
Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Another view of the beautiful library

The National Trust manages the property, and it is available for parties, wedding, and regular tours. Historic records covering 66 years indicate an average of 700+ bottles of wine were consumed each year.

Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Must have been some fabulous parties!
Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
English Minton turquoise porcelain painted in the French Sèvres style

Karen Stensgaard is the author of two novels, AQUAVIT and BLUENESS, with a third novel underway. She loves visiting old historic homes with libraries. More photos below!

Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Would love to spend the night here (minus the chamber pot)!
An old kitchen with an amazing window
Tatton Park. a historic estate in Knutsford, England
Curious deer with a thousand acres to roam

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