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History & Architecture
Commissioned in 1807 by Sir Thomas Egerton, Grand Lodge was designed by Lewis Wyatt as an impressive main entrance to the park from the south.
The Lodge is built of ashlar sandstone as a large triumphal arch with
west and east wings of two floors of accommodation, cellars under the
west wing and an attic over the arch.
It was refurbished refurbished in the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration of the historic features of the park in the late 1990's / early 2000. It was created as an impressive main entrance from Manchester and stands
at the start of one of the longest and most important carriage drives
to the house.
There is a memorial
plaque here dedicated to the memory of the Manchester Pals who trained in the park in During WWI. The permanent memorial was unveiled on Tuesday the 7th
September 1993. Present to witness the
event were a number of stalwart men, Sergeant Joe Fitzpatrick of the 2/6th
Manchesters, Private Albert Birtwistle of the 1/5th East Lancs and the
last surviving original Manchester Pal, Albert Hurst, who enlisted into and
served with the 2nd Battalion, the 17th Manchesters.