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Lyme Hall at Disley, Cheshire


Yesterday was a grand Spring day, even the light haze cover couldn’t stop the March sunshine from warming the day. So we took advantage of this break of pleasant weather to renew our acquaintance with Lyme Hall.

Briefly Lyme Hall is the largest Mansion House in Cheshire, some achievement as Cheshire boasts a good number of such properties. The Hall is the centre piece of Lyme Park a long established enclosed Deer Park.  By old I mean it dates back to the early 1300’s, passing to the Legh Family by marriage in 1388.  It remained the families home till 1946 when it was handed to the National Trust that in turn now allows us access to explore the extensive Park, the Formal gardens and of course the House.

The House is best described as a mix of Palladian and Baroque styles….most of what you see today dates back to 16century with ‘modernisations’ in the 1720’s.

Sadly this is one property does not allow photography of the interior so I can only give you a taster of the exterior and gardens.

Now if the Mansion looks familiar to you that may be because you recognise it from the TV Series  of Jane Austen’s  “Pride and Prejudice” in which it played the staring role as Pemberley the home of Mr Darcy.


The only downside of the day was that the Daffodils that would normally form a mass border along the lakeside were still in hiding.

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2016


Another Spring First


Red Ridding Hood

A small start to the Tulip parade….our first Tulip in flower.  It is one of the dwarf varieties so should be able to withstand any March winds that head our way.

It may well be a start for the Tulips but as yet our Daffodils have yet to come out in force….true we have a few brave ones brandishing their trumpets but we have still to see the mass blooms we are more used to in spring.

15th March

(C) David Oakes 2016