Grand Lodge

Grand Lodge, the impressive entrance to Heaton Park.

Grand Lodge, the impressive entrance to Heaton Park.  When the owners of great country houses built such grand entrances to their parks it was with the intention of creating a grand impression of their estates.  The visitor came through the grand gateway and was then treated to a long drive through the park, which they could admire, until at last they caught site of their destination, the big house.  Today Grand Lodge is a minor entrance, used only by pedestrians and cyclists.

The Cupola Room, Heaton Hall

The Cupola Room

The Cupola Room

The Cupola Room is on the upper floor of Heaton Hall in the centre of the building.  The view from the window is south facing and looks out over the park.  It is probably the most important room in the house, being a rare survivor of a short-lived fashion in the 1770s and early 1780s for ‘Etruscan’ style decoration. The room was originally the private sitting room of the Dowager Lady Egerton (Sir Thomas Egerton’s mother).