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Lyme Park

This Elizabethan house was developed and extended in c.1725-35 by Giacomo Leoni for Peter Legh, whose family had held land here since the 14th century. Leoni’s solution to the problem of ‘modernising’ an Elizabethan courtyard house was to turn the courtyard into an arcaded ‘cortile’, an Italianate courtyard. On the south front, his giant portico, raised on a rusticated ground storey and topped with lead statues of Venus, Neptune and Pan, may owe something to Colen Campbell’s Wanstead House, although it is chiefly indebted to Palladio. Inside, one finds a mixture of styles, including Elizabethan plasterwork, chimney pieces and panelling; 16th-century stained glass (installed in the 19th century); very good late 17th woodcarving; an exuberant Baroque ceiling above the staircase; and early Wrenaissance work by Wyatt in the dining room.

Visitor Information

Address:
Disley,
Stockport,
Cheshire,
England,
SK12 2NR

Telephone: 01663 762023

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme-park

Accredited Museum

Lyme Park, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 3,921 items online

A 20th century collection of paintings on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and 17th and 18th century family portraits; a collection of good early English furniture; Flemish and Mortlake tapestries; and an outstanding collection of English Clocks. There is also a substantial remnant of the library of the Legh family of Lyme, including a small selection of sixteenth and seventeenth century books which appear to have been in situ since they were printed. The unique 1487 Sarum Missal published by Caxton was acquired by the National Trust in 2009.

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