Monument details

HER Number:1332/2/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Gawsworth Old Hall Garden Walls

Summary

Garden Walls at Gawsworth Old Hall enclose an area of 8.36ha. Wall survives almost intact, apart from NW corner, it is 995m long and on average 2.8m high. It encloses a trapezoidal area with a semi-circular and asymmetrically placed on S side- 'the 'half-moon'. No original openings. Gates in SW & SE are modern, but a door at centre of W side may mark an original doorway to the church. 'Half-moon' is constructed in parts of later brickwork & contains a blocked doorway. Walls are C16 with later additions & alterations, brick with ashlar dressings. Wall was probably planned as part of geometrical & allegorical layout of garden, relating to cult of Virgin Queen Elizabeth I. The 'half-moon' was symbol of Diana, one of the personifications of Elizabeth.

Gawsworth Hall Gardens are a Scheduled Ancient Monument


Parish:GAWSWORTH, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE EAST

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GARDEN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WALL (Wall-brick, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (II) 1139501: GARDEN WALLS AT GAWSWORTH OLD HALL; Registered Park or Garden (II*); Conservation Area; Scheduled Monument () 1016587: Gawsworth Hall Gardens; Listed Building (old) (II) 5/13: Title not entered



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