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ashbourne, United Kingdom
September 11, 2010
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
October 30, 2002
I can separate the main features in my mind, though they have a lot in common and there are some particular features which I could not positively relate to either place. They are not very far apart, both have deer parks and both are owned by the National Trust.
Of the houses Dunham Massey is the earlier, being from the early Georgian period, whereas the house at Tatton is early 19th century. Here though, there is an earlier Tudor hall as well. Confusion could be increased by the fact that Dunham Massey was considerably renovated in the early 20th century so that it has an Edwardian aura whereas Tatton's is Victorian [i.e. older]. As I said, I have not been inside anyway.
Tatton's gardens are something very special, the Egerton family having made plant collections over a long period of time. The collecitons of ferns in the glass houses are outstanding and outside one feature of particular note is the Japanese garden. It must say something that the Royal Horticultural Society has an annual show there.
At Dunham Massey the deer park is terrific with paths and fine trees over a large area. It is also noted for its orangery and its excellent borders in the garden area proper.
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