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Many of us have an ancestor who worked in domestic service or who laboured on a farm or estate. Tatton Park employed many people in this way but very little is known about them.

A special project has been set up to try to discover more. Several volunteers are busy researching and checking through national archives to try to name people who may have been employed at Tatton and whose identity and history is hidden.

Was your relative one of our hidden histories? We would love your help in piecing together the story.

Work is progressing to try to highlight the lives and work of the servants in the kitchens at Tatton. The kitchens were at the forefront of the new technological innovations and very exciting for their time.

There is a motorised spit, a complex bell system, a modern cooking range, a refrigerator, water tanks and a fabulous selection of top class cooking implements.

Did you know that……..?

Tatton has its own railway line in the cellar?
Installed in the late 19th century with a turntable which was made in France.

Internal railway,Tatton Park ©TattonPark/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Peter Spooner

Internal railway, Tatton Park ©TattonPark/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Peter Spooner

Many landed estates grew flax to make linen for their beds?
Hence the name bed linen? We are looking at the linen cupboards to see if we can discover the Tatton story.

Linen Closet,Tatton Park ©Tatton Park/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Caroline Schofield

Linen Closet,Tatton Park ©Tatton Park/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Caroline Schofield

The Prince and Princess of Wales stayed at Tatton in 1887?
They were attending the opening of the Royal Jubilee Exhibition in Manchester. This was a huge promotion for the city and held to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

Alexandra and Albert Edward, Prince and Princess of Wales, 1887, Tatton Park Archive ©Tatton Park/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Peter Spooner

Alexandra and Albert Edward, Prince and Princess of Wales, 1887, Tatton Park Archive ©Tatton Park/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Peter Spooner

Keep a look out here for further updates

 

Barbara West
Hidden Histories Volunteer

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    Posted 5 years ago

    My Great-Grandfather Thomas Kingman was the Gamekeeper at Tatton Park and several of my “Great” relatives were born in the Old Hall. Unfortunately my Great Grandfather is being portrayed in an unfortunate light at present by the assertions made by Yvette Fielding and her Most Haunted Company. There is a clip on YouTube at present portraying him in this way. As a family we have no history of him in the way she asserts and she remains “underground” . It is unfortunate that we are unable to find more information as to his demise after his time at Tatton. Did the family leave of their own accord ? Or could it be he was dismissed for unfortunate misdemeanours ?

    by David Kingman on August 6, 2013 12:51 pm | Reply
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      Posted 5 years ago

      Dear David
      Many thanks for taking the time to get in touch – the Hidden Histories and Mansion team have your query and will devote some time looking into this, but please bear with us as it may not be an instant response. We have your email address which we will use to contact you in the near future with anything that we may find related to your Great-Grandfather.
      Thanks once again for the interest
      Hidden Histories team

      by Hiddenhistories (Author) on August 14, 2013 10:35 am | Reply

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