Tatton Park, Cheshire
The Egertons of Tatton were a junior branch of the family descended from Sir Thomas Egerton, Privy Counsellor to Elizabeth I. Their first recorded house at Tatton was built for John Egerton and completed by 1716. The long straight avenue from Knutsford may also be of this date. In about 1760 Samuel Egerton planned flanking wings but only that on the west was built, to the designs of Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury, containing a dining room with rich rococo plasterwork. In 1774 Samuel Wyatt drew up a plan to enlarge the house but not until 1789 did Samuel Egerton’s nephew William commission a revised scheme from the same architect. This had a Corinthian portico facing the garden as the centre of an ambitious 11 bay front, but only the western part was built. Only in 1806 did Samuel Wyatt supply a revised plan to complete the house on a reduced scale, just prior to the death of both patron and architect. William’s successor Wilbraham Egerton commissioned designs from Samuel Wyatt’s nephews, Jeffry (later Wyatville), and Lewis, before adopting Lewis Wyatt’s condensed version of his uncle’s scheme.Most of the interiors are by Lewis Wyatt and are both spatially exciting and richly decorated. Gillows supplied much of the furniture c1820 and the park was landscaped by Humphry Repton and John Webb in the 1790s. The property passed to the National Trust in 1958 on the death of the 4th and last Lord Egerton of Tatton.