Gawsworth Hall


Prologue

 

It is said that to see Cheshire you must see Gawsworth. The village is extremely pretty and the hall itself is a black and white timber building dating back to the 15th Century.

In the Middle Ages Gawsworth was owned by the Fitton Family. Following the death of Edward Fitton V in 1643 a dispute over the succession arose which lasted until 1712.It was settled by one of the most famous duels in English History in Hyde Park.

The garden of Gawsworth Hall has well defined boundaries. A chain of 5 fishponds, which originally provided food for the hall, defines the northern edge. In the west is a raised walk with views across the garden, the park, further to the Cheshire Plain and North Wales to the west, and the Cloud and the Pennines to the east. The Wilderness Garden is a small plantation with mature lime trees. The principal pleasure garden was first developed in the 1960s with formal beds and a fountain set into the lawns.

Mary Fitton was Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I. She is said to be the ‘Dark Lady’ of his Shakespeare’s Sonnets and her ghost is said to walk the hall, the churchyard, and the rectory. The ghost of ‘Old Maggoty’ is also said to haunt the wood.

Today the house has a fine collection of furniture and paintings and the gardens provide a superb backdrop to theatre and music, catering for all tastes, from Shakespeare to Conan Doyle, and from Jazz to Folk Music.