WHAT’S ON 2022

Tuesday 28th June at 7.00pm in the Gallery, Tabley House 

Alteri Chamber Choir 

In what will be one of the first performances by Alteri since the pandemic, they will be presenting some of their favourite repertoire, including music from the Tudor period, pieces to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, and a sequence of words and music on the theme of trees.

Concert followed by  wine and canapés in the Portico Room.

Tickets: £17, Friends £15.

To book please contact Christopher Tetlow, email: christophertetlow@hotmail.co.uk  tel: 0161 928 2137.

Tuesday 26th July at 7.00pm in the Gallery, Tabley House 

The Age of Elegance: Georgian Furniture 

Illustrated talk on English furniture by Janusz Karczewski-Stowikowski

The term Georgian immediately conjures up images of elegant English furniture.  This lecture traces the development of elegance through style in relation to the design and construction of furniture during the 18th Century.  It commences with an appraisal of early 18th Century walnut furniture and progresses through the Mahogany Ricoco style of the 1740s and 1760s to the fancy-wood neo-classical styles of the last quarter of the century.

Followed by strawberries and bubbles in the Portico Room

Tickets £17, Friends £15

To book please contact Christopher Tetlow, email: christophertetlow@hotmail.co.uk  tel: 0161 928 2137.

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PAST EVENTS 2021/22

Thursday 10th March 2022 at 7pm ONLINE WINTER TALKS

‘Women and Property in the eighteenth century, Owners and Managers’ – An online talk by Clare Pye.

Most people are aware that women rarely owned property outright until the passage of the Married Women’s Property Act in 1881. An heiress’s property passed to her husband when she married. But that is not the whole story. Could a woman be protected from unscrupulous husbands? Could she manage property even if she did not own it? The story is much more diverse, especially when it is set in the context of the Industrial Revolution and a rapidly changing society. While concentrating on the situation at Tabley, the lecture will look wider and include other heiresses such as Mary Booth at Dunham Massey and Elizabeth Wilbraham at Weston Park.

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Thursday 27th January 2022 at 7pm ONLINE WINTER TALKS

‘John Fleming Leicester as a patron of Contemporary British Art’ –  An online talk by Hannah Lyons

When Sir John Fleming Leicester, 1st Lord de Tabley, died in 1827, his obituary in The Gentleman’s Magazine praised him as ‘the greatest patron of the native school of painting that our Island ever possessed.’ Unlike many contemporary collectors, who sought out works by the Old Masters, Sir John devoted his life to patronising and collecting British art. Join us for this online talk, where we will explore Sir John’s unparalleled collection, which was displayed at Tabley House, and his Hill Street Gallery in London.

Online only, price  £5

Please click on the button below to reach our Eventbrite page, to register and book.

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Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 2.30pm in the Gallery at Tabley House

Jam and Magic Lanterns (A Victorian year with the Leicesters of Tabley) A talk by Sarah Webb

‘Join’ the Leicester family through the four seasons of their year; winter in Cheshire, spring in Brighton, and the hectic entertainments of the London summer season.
Followed by tea and cake in the Portico Room.
Admission FREE (including tea and cake) and everyone welcome.

To book contact:  Christopher Tetlow email: christophertetlow@hotmail.co.uk, tel: 0161 928 2137

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Thursday 18th November 2021 at 7pm  ONLINE WINTER TALKS

A Detective’s Tour of Tabley House – An online talk by Clare Pye

In 1760 local people would have realised that Sir Peter Byrne Leicester was up to something; after all he had diverted the old road from Knutsford to Northwich to create his new private park.  Then suddenly in 1763 four great columns of Runcorn stone reared themselves up in the flat Cheshire landscape.  Follow the clues in this detective story. Hear about Sir Peter’s plans for his new House, and the way of life he and his family expected to lead there.  Then discover the layers and many stories which are superimposed on each other as his son and grandson each adapted Tabley House to suit their needs.

Online only, price  £5

Please use the link below to reach our Eventbrite page, to register and book.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-detectives-tour-of-tabley-house-tickets-205674085727

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Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Chapel, Tabley.

Tabley Carol Concert

The Border Singers will once again lead the singing of favourite carols and festive songs, interspersed with amusing and seasonal readings for the Christmas season.
Followed by mince pies and Madeira.

Admission £17, Friends of Tabley and volunteers £15.

To book contact:  Christopher Tetlow email: christophertetlow@hotmail.co.uk, tel: 0161 928 2137

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Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7pm  ONLINE WINTER TALKS

‘Angelick Georgiana’: Scenes from the life of Georgiana, Lady de Tabley – An online talk by Sarah Webb.  

Spring 1810, Hampton Court Palace.   When impecunious Mrs Lavinia Cottin sent her 15- year old daughter Georgiana out to play in one of the palace courtyards she knew the afternoon would change their lives for ever.  Georgiana returned to find George, Prince of Wales and Sir John Leicester of Tabley House with her mother.  Sir John, a Regency dandy with a complicated private life, proposed to her ‘Angelick Georgiana’ and Mrs Cottin accepted with relief.  Join this intriguing story of Regency romance, extravagant entertainments, threats of disinheritance and discover whether anyone received the happy ending they deserved.

Online only, price  £5

Please use the link below to reach our Eventbrite page, to register and book.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angelick-georgiana-scenes-from-the-life-of-georgiana-lady-de-tabley-tickets-213716631197

Why not use the link below and watch the video to get a quick taster of this fascinating talk.

https://youtu.be/PNf1vqQeZLU

NEWS

The Gallery at Tabley House has a new bespoke carpet in place for the 2022 season.  The Gallery is the grandest of the State Rooms at Tabley, and is also the setting for weddings and events. The new burgundy carpet wonderfully enhances the room, and is sure to delight  and impress Tabley’s visitors.

Tabley has needed to replace the old top carpet for some time. It was never going to be a simply task though, as the new carpet needed to carefully cover and protect the historic carpet which is two hundred years old, and also couldn’t be fixed in the usual way because of the historic floorboards. Having the new carpet follow the shape of the bay and for part of the historic carpet to still be visible to the public was also important. Fortunately Jorgus Carpets were able to meet all our unusual requirements and we are absolutely delighted with the result and we hope all our visitors will be too.  We are also very grateful to the Friends of Tabley, whose fundraising events and activities have made this all possible.

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Visitors can once again sit in comfort and enjoy the delights of all that the Gallery at Tabley has to offer.

Eight chairs in the bay of the Gallery have been restored to their former glory. Textile conservator Jacqueline Hyman has painstakingly renovated eight Victorian Drawing Room chairs and re-covered them with a splendid antique gold velvet.

The previously worn material and uncomfortable hollows in the centre of each seat pad are now thankfully a thing of the past.

As part of the restoration process, several old layers of fabric had to be removed and the horsehair wadding thoroughly cleaned and re-stitched into position.  Each seat pad was then covered with cotton calico before the new velvet  fabric was applied.