CPRA trip to Dunham Massey 1 May

The CPRA enjoyed a garden trip to Dunham Massey on Wed 1st May.

We had a great turnout with 35 people on the outing, which included the grounds, deer park, house and an art exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

Thankfully the weather remained dry and we enjoyed a lovely day out.

A bit of history

Dunham Massey lies on the Roman road from Chester to York (a few miles before you got to the small town of Mamucium – now Manchester).

Dunham is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word dun (“hill”) and the Massey comes from the Barons de Masci, who were granted ownership of the surrounding area after the Norman Conquest.

The 300-acre deer park has been there since the Middle Ages.

Dunham Massey Hall was built in 1616 by Sir George Booth.  The Booths were one of the first 18 families to be made baronets by James I.

The hall was used as a military hospital during the First World War and was donated to the National Trust in 1976.

 

 

 

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