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Wythenshawe Hall (Wythenshawe Park)

  • Built / Designed For: Robert Tatton

    House & Family History: During the winter of 1643–44 Wythenshawe Hall was besieged by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War, after which the Royalist defenders surrendered to the Roundheads. In April of 1926 Wythenshawe Hall was sold by the Tatton family (who'd been here almost 400 years) to Ernest Simon, who donated the property to the City of Manchester "to be used solely for the public good." Later that year the city council purchased the remainder of the Wythenshawe Estate; the council opened the house as a museum in 1930 and built one of the largest housing developments in Europe on the estate. Wythenshawe Hall was badly damaged by an arson attack in March of 2016. Repairs and restoration, which cost £6.7 million, took six years to complete; the house reopened to the public in September 2022

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The house is surrounded by a 270-acre public park.

  • Architect: Edward Blore

    Date: Circa 1840
    Designed: Alterations
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 65, 1852.

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Robert Tatton, 16th century; Robert Henry Grenville Tatton, 20th century; Tatton family here from circa 1540 until 1924.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by Manchester City Council

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01619-982-117

    Website: https://wythenshawehall.org/

    Historic Houses Member: No