Dunham's Lost Years

Immerse yourself in Victorian grandeur as chandeliers, grand paintings and luxurious silk see the House transformed to tell a tale of love and loss.


House open Saturday- Wednesday 11am- 5pm from Saturday 25 March until Sunday 5 November 2017 (last entry 1 hour before closing). Collect your House and Garden ticket from Visitor Reception on arrival.

The 10th Earl spending time at the beach
Dunham House Roger Treasures 2017

Treasures - Roger Grey

Roger Grey, the 10th Earl, played a vital role in preserving not only our history, but also the Dunham we see today. He spent many years and much money conserving the Dunham estate, buying back the collection which had left with the 7th Earl and Catharine, and caring for his tenants and staff.

Learn about Roger’s character and his relationships through personal items in our collection, and discover who our last Earl really was.

George Harry and Catharine Cox
Portraits of 7th Earl George Harry and his wife Catharine Cox

Dunham's Lost Years

After inheriting Dunham Massey and becoming the 7th Earl in 1845, George Harry found himself a very wealthy and very eligible young man with the eyes of Cheshire society on him.

When he rebelled against the rigid conventions governed by polite Victorian society to marry skilled circus equestrienne Catharine Cox, the effects of their controversial love-match reverberated across the whole estate.

After being publically rejected and shunned by Cheshire society, the 7th Earl and Catharine decided to leave Dunham. As their heavily laden carriages carried away priceless paintings, books, silver and furniture, the couple left Cheshire forever, and the house was left abandoned for most of the next half century.

Did they make the right decision? You decide as their story of love and abandonment plays out throughout the house.

A sitting room created for Catharine that she never got to use
Dunham Massey Green Silk Room
Visitors enjoying a tour around the house
Behind the scenes in the house


Learn about the paintings and their untold stories on our Torchlight, Treasures and Truths tours, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.15pm. Collect a token from reception on the day.

Visiting with children?

Can you find all the shadow puppets hidden around the house? Don't forget to pick up a trail from the house entrance. Plus there's all sorts of puppets so you can create your very own puppet show in the Great Gallery.