There’s plenty to enjoy at Dunham Massey.
Discover the Ornamental Gardens with its magnificent Rose Garden and Winter Garden.
Explore the Deer Park with its herd of Fallow Deer, lakes, abundant wildlife.
Take a picnic and enjoy the day here. Don’t miss the Ice-Cream Parlour!
National Trust members visit for free.
Little remains of the original house which was built on a moated platform in the early 17th century by Sir George Booth. There’s a great painting by Adriaen van Diest, c1697 which shows the elaborate layout of the garden with a Banqueting House on top of a Mount. The house was finished after the Civil War.
George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington inherited the Dunham estate. With crippling debts, he hoped to make money by planting hundreds of trees across the estate. However, his money worries were solved in 1702 by marrying Mary Oldbury, the daughter of an East India Company merchant.
Their daughter Mary, married Harry Grey bringing the Dunham estate into the Earldom of Stamford.
Harry Grey, 8th Earl of Stamford, gambler, alcoholic and eccentric was sent by his family to Cape Colony. He married three times, his third wife was Martha Solomon, the daughter of a freed slave. Their first son John – reported in The Times of 1892 as a ‘mulatto’ – was born illegitimately and on his father’s death, his claim to the title and Dunham Massey was challenged by a cousin.
The cousin won, and Dunham Massey passed to William Grey. With no direct heirs, William Grey’s son, the 10th Earl, left Dunham Massey in 1976 to the National Trust.