Art at Tatton Park 2014
WW1 Commemorative Flame
August - Present
Installed in August 2014, the commemorative flame designed by local Macclesfield artist Alex Blakey, a 3D artist specialising in glass, draws inspiration from photographs sourced by the Cheshire Records and Archive office.
Blakey says of her work:
My real passion lies in the capture of memories and moments. I feel that as an artist, if you can contain something as precious as a moment in history or a beautiful memory, then you can add great emotional value to the work you produce.
The flame sculpture is situated at the rear of the Mansion, as you enter the park from either Rostherne or Knutsford drives, look to your left as you approach the rear of the mansion before entering carpark areas.
Visit the Cheshire East Reflects page for detailed information on the commemorative flame panels by the artist Alex Blakey and further information on the Cheshire East Reflects programme.
We Will See It Through, Tatton Reflects, 1914-1918
5th Aug - 2nd Nov 2014
'We Will See It Through….'
….…so said Tatton Park’s Lord Egerton shortly after the outbreak of the First World War when delivering a rousing recruitment speech to a packed Knutsford Town Hall. Lord Egerton’s speech is one of many discoveries exploring Tatton’s First World War connections and provided the title to the exhibition.
The exhibition reflected on the conflict’s impact on the people who lived and worked at Tatton Park, including the family and the estate workers who answered the call to arms.
The research revealed surprising and poignant stories, including:
- Percy Jones medals
- How Lord and Lady Egerton found themselves trapped in Germany when war was declared confined to a hotel with armed sentries. Tatton’s Estate Clerk, William Clayton was on active service in France for only 14 days when he was killed aged 20. Tatton’s former land agent, John Ambrose-Smith received a French gallantry award shortly before being captured by the enemy and held captive until the end of the war.
- The mystery of how Tatton’s last Lord, Maurice Egerton returned from a remote Chinese province at the outbreak of war, before overseeing the Royal Navy’s flying boat programme in the USA.
- Lady Egerton became a sales assistant at Harrods for a special Red Cross fund-raising day.
- Footman Percy Jones was decorated for his extensive military service and wrote to Lord Egerton requesting his Tatton job back after surviving the war.
- Walter Hope, the son of a Tatton farm worker became a military chauffeur and amongst others frequently saw T.E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia.
- Gardener Tom Gathercole one of Tatton’s first recruits, served in the Gallipoli campaign where he died aged 25.
The exhibition included details of the stories uncovered together with objects from Tatton’s collection including Lady Egerton’s Red Cross certificate, First World War magazines and poetry books. Tatton Park also had the honour of displaying the war medals and memorabilia of Tatton’s own footman, Percy Jones, on loan from his family.