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Brief description of site

Tirley Garth is an early-20th century garden designed by Thomas Hayton Mawson. It is the only Grade II* Arts & Crafts garden in Cheshire that remains complete. Features include a sunken garden, two terraces, a rose garden, an avenue of rhododendrons and grassed lawns. Beyond the gardens is parkland and woodland. The gardens, which cover about 16 hectares, are open to visitors on one or two days each year by arrangement through the National Gardens Scheme.

Brief history of site

Bryan Leesmith, a director of the chemical firm Brunner Mond (later ICI), employed the architect C E Mallows to build him a country house in country east of Chester. Work began in 1908. Thomas Mawson, then sharing office premises with Mallows in Conduit Street, London, was called on by Mallows to provide advice on the garden design.

Location information:

Address: Tirley Garth, Willington, Cheshire, CW6 0RQ

Locality: Chester

Local Authorities:

Cheshire West and Chester; Delamere

Historical County: Cheshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 117 Grid Ref: SJ 545 662
Latitude: 53.1909 Longitude: -2.68244


South-west of Kelsall, south of the A54.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The garden is open on a few days only each year, under the National Gardens Scheme. Please check before planning a visit (telephone 01 829 732301).

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: country house

Site first created: 1908 to 1911

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 16

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