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   Burton Manor in Cheshire has a long history, although the current building only gained its title 'Manor' after rebuilding in 1904. The gardens are almost unique because they have not been significantly altered in all that time. One of the most complete original Thomas Mawson diesigns is still maintained. In addition The Friends have restored the original Victorian/Georgian kitchen gardens which are open to the public daily, currently at no cost, although donations to help maintain the gardens are most welcome. In keeping with the historical context, the gardens only grow plants that would have been familiar to its original owner, H. N. Gladstone, youngest son of UK prime minister. The centrepiece of this walled garden is a completely restored large glasshouse, which is currently used for meetings, education, and of course tea breaks for the garden volunteers. There are also some plants in there. It is hoped to raise sufficient money and help to restore a second very large glasshouse, volunteers and donors greatly welcomed. See photo below this block of text.
   The orchard too is being looked after and is productive.
  There is an active archery club attracting many mature novices and improvers, helping them to enjoy the local amenity and keeping fit in an enjoyable way. The Burton Ukulele Band is based there, a group with a growing local reputation for good fun concerts.
   Original outhouses have been converted and are open much of the time; they house meeting places, craft workshops and the Atelier café, (not on photo, but to the left of archives block.) An intact, somewhat spooky old ice house has been cleared and made fairly safe to inspect (no wheelchairs or infirm, sorry: it's down rough rock steps and is narrow.)
   An increasing number of attractions and activities, many educational as well as entertaining, are expected to be developed in future. Also on this page below-
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VISITORS ARE ADVISED THAT IN VERY STRONG WINDS THERE MAY BE A RISK OF INJURY FROM FALLING BRANCHES AND THAT USING THE PERIMETER PATH IN SUCH CONDITIONS MAY BE DANGEROUS.

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Burton Manor kitchen garden restoration photo from 2012
If you are interested in helping, donating, or want more information either call the answerphone number and leave your name and phone number, somebody will call you back later, 0151 345 1107. Or email friends of burton manor gardens
Short history of Burton (Cheshire) and its Manor
After completion in its current form in 1904, as well as being a private residence, Burton Manor served as a hospital for army officers during both World Wars. In 1948 it became an adult education centre, specialising in short and weekend courses, with limited overnight accomodation available. In 2011 it closed its doors and in 2013 Liverpool City Council, who had a controlling share in it, put it up for sale. One bid was from The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens itself. Watch this space...
Burton Manor timeline-
75 AD a roman hill fort, or 'burgh,' established.
circa 1068 St Nicholas' Church founded.
1086 Hamon de Massey Lord of the Manor of Burton.
1282 Burton is a port and trade centre, mostly for Ireland.
1299 Burton a market town by Royal Charter.
1360 Burton has 27 households.
1561 Burton has 5 ale houses.
1579 The miller of Burton killed by lightning.
1607 Now there are 15 ale houses!
1629 Burton Mill rebuilt.
1724 Bishop Wilson School founded.
1805 Burton Hall rebuilt for the Congreves. (Of rocket fame.)
1821 Population of Burton 326.
circa 1890 Burton Mill demolished by the Congreves.
1896 Burton Point railway station built.
1901 Population of Burton 222.
1903 Burton Hall sold to the Gladstones. (Of Prime Minister fame.)
1904 Remodeled hall renamed Burton Manor.
1905 Twelve gardeners employed.
1906 Village Hall built, by H N Gladstone.
1914-1918 Burton Manor used as a rehabilitation unit for army officers.
1921 Gladstones move to Hawarden. Manor is bought by A Joynson.
1939 Manor requisitioned by the military.
1948 Burton Manor College is 'an experiment in residential adult education.'
1974 Burton becomes a conservation area.
2011 College closes, but the large old glasshouse is restored.
Now- The walled garden is rejuvenated- (see above.) PS- Burton has a population of about a thousand, but no ale houses.

 


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