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Gawsworth Hall

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Dating from 1480, Gawsworth Hall is a beautiful Tudor manor house, and one of Cheshire's must-see attractions.

Once home to Elizabeth I's maid of honour, Gawsworth is now the family home of the Richards Family.

Gawsworth Hall is an ancient Manor House wrapped in romance, intrigue and great charm.

On a tour of Gawsworth's historic rooms, you will see fine paintings, furniture, sculpture and stained glass.

Dark Lady

Mary Fitton lived here, her being the possible Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

The Fitton family chapel is to be found in this beautiful house. It was first licensed in 1365 and still used by the family today. The Hall was the subject of the most famous duel in English history in 1712.

Lord Mohun and the Duke of Hamilton fought over the estates when both were killed. Samuel Johnson, the last professional jester in the country, lived in the house and - eccentric to the last - he lies buried in the spinney known as "Maggoty Johnson's Wood".

It has been said that to see Cheshire you must see Gawsworth. Much of the pageantry of this lovely village in former times was enacted around and within the Old Hall's precincts.

Theatre and Music

Now the home of Timothy and Elizabeth Richards, there are few more satisfying sights than the spectacle of this old house as the backdrop to summer theatre and music, a spectacle which attracts visitors from far and wide.

There is a 1,000 seat covered auditorium with shows that range from Mozart to Abba Tribute evenings via plays, brass bands and Folk.

Theatre seating is unallocated so you are advised to bring a cushion and rug and place them where you wish to sit on arrival!

Disabled Visitors should telephone for special information.

General Information:

  • Small, sharp heels and boots not allowed in the Hall
  • No dogs
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled facilities
  • Free car park

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Off the A536 south west of Macclesfield. Within easy reach of the M6 (Junction 17 Sandbach).
Rail link at Macclesfield.

Gawsworth Hall Postcode for SatNav: SK11 9RN


+44 (0)1260 223 456
+44 (0)1260 223 469

Church Lane
SK11 9RN

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