The present Hall was initially built in 1616 by Sir George Booth, who received one of the first baronetcies to be created by James I in 1611; it was later remodelled by John Norris for his descendant, George, 2nd Earl of Warrington between 1732 and 1740; it was further altered by John Hope towards the end of the 18th century and by Joseph Compton Hall between 1905 and 1908. The Hall itself, the stables, and the carriage house of Dunham Massey are all Grade I listed buildings, three of six such buildings in Trafford.[7]

The site is moated and lies immediately west of the village of Dunham, with the deer park to the south. The Hall was donated to the National Trust by Roger Grey, 10th and last Earl of Stamford, in 1976. The Hall was used as a military hospital during the First World War. Inside is a significant collection of Huguenot silver, the carving The Crucifixion by 17th-century wood carver Grinling Gibbons, and a white marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian; the head is antique, but the neck and shoulders are 18th-century; it was probably acquired by the George, Earl of Stamford and Warrington. The collection of paintings in the Hall include Allegory with Venus, Mars, Cupid and Time by GuercinoThe Cascade at Terni by Louis Ducros; and portraits by William BeecheyFrancis CotesMichael DahlA. R. MengsSir Joshua ReynoldsGeorge RomneyEnoch Seeman, and ZoffanyGeorge Harry, Earl of Stamford and Warrington removed a selection of paintings to Enville Hall[8] in the late 1850s, and it was not until Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford succeeded as Earl, that some were rebought by the family after sales in 1929 and 1931.[9] The deer park at Dunham Massey is the only medieval park in Trafford or the surrounding area still surviving.[6] *




*From Wikipedia

12 Comments CherryPie on Feb 26th 2015

12 Responses to “Dunham Massey Hall”

  1. lisl says:

    I am just amazed at how much travelling about you do, Cherie, and how good it is that you share it

  2. ....peter:) says:

    it sounds like a wonderful place to visit Cherie… i guess that they only let you take pictures of the laundry room… but i love the stove built to heat the irons….peter:)

  3. Ginnie says:

    Out of curiosity, Cherry, I just Googled to see how many National Trust properties you have in England and I see there are over 400 (though that may include Wales?). WOW. I’d want to go see every one of them if I lived there!

  4. It’s a splendid place. And this year the NT has recreated the military hospital that was there in 1917.

    • CherryPie says:

      It was decked out as the military hospital on my visit. It was interesting but it meant there were quite a lot of people there. I intend to go go back again when the rooms have been returned to normal.

  5. Astrid says:

    I remember from my youth the wash hanging around the coal-stove and still have an iron that needs to be put on stove to get heated up.
    What a wonderful surrounding of this house.

    • CherryPie says:

      My mum had inherited one of those irons from her mum. She didn’t use it as an iron she used it for pressing meat. She also had one of those old fashioned mangles for pressing washing. I remember her using that ;-)

  6. J_on_tour says:

    I know I shouldn’t be because it’s not in your text, but I was reminded of a film I went to see recently with friends called Testament of Youth. It’s about a suffragette who was quality Oxford Uni material that helped out in a place like this as a nurse during WW I.

    • CherryPie says:

      I expect you were reminded of it because currently Dunham Massey has bee transformed into the WWI military hospital that it was during that time.

      I had not heard of the film Testament of Youth.