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THE HALF-TIMBERED HALL AND RECTORY AT GAWSWORTH, HOME OF THE FYTTONS AND THE MAINWARINGS

THE HALF-TIMBERED HALL AND RECTORY AT GAWSWORTH, HOME OF THE FYTTONS AND THE MAINWARINGS

At Gawsworth, in Cheshire, some four miles south-west of Macclesfield, one can live again in the Middle Ages. Few more serene and lovely buildings exist than the ancient half-timbered hall and rectory showing in this photograph standing back a little way from the edge of a lake which contributes to its perfect setting. Once, as an inscription over the doorway records, Sir Edward Fytton and his wife Mary lived here, and the neighbouring church contains many a quaint monument to generations of Fyttons who owned the land before it passed to the Mainwarings. Mary Fytton is one of those whom Shakespearian commentators have identified with the Dark Lady of the Sonnets; but the charm of Gawsworth does not depend on this attribution.

Other pictures from Things to See Round Manchester


KNUTSFORD UNITARIAN CHAPEL, AND THE GRAVEYARD WHERE MRS. GASKELL LIES BURIED

TADDINGTON DALE, A PLACE OF QUIET BEAUTY AT THE DOOR OF A DERBYSHIRE MINING VILLAGE

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