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.

Eighteen year old George Harry became the 7th Earl in 1845 when he inherited Dunham Massey to become the wealthiest and most titled young man of the time.

When he rebelled against the expectations of polite Victorian society to marry skilled circus performer Catharine Cox, the effects of their controversial love-match reverberated across the whole estate.

Shunned by society, the 7th Earl and Catharine abandoned Dunham Massey. As their heavily laden carriages rolled along the tree-lined avenues of the Deer Park, Dunham’s history was changed forever.

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

George Harry and Catharine Cox
Portraits of 7th Earl George Harry and his wife Catharine Cox
George Harry and Catharine Cox
An art installation in the Green Silk Room at Dunham Massey

The Lost Countess

See the relationship between Catharine and her Dunham home interpreted by textile artist Karen Le Roy Harris as she transforms Catharine’s lavish suite with an exciting contemporary textile installation.

A dress and painting on display at Dunham Massey

Stitches in Time

Be inspired by a showcase of some of the varied textiles that reside in Dunham’s collections. From fancy dress to curtains, discover the stories that are woven throughout these pieces of history.

House open Saturday - Wednesday, 11am- 5pm until Sunday 30 October 2016 (last entry one hour before closing). Collect your House & Garden ticket from Visitor Reception on arrival.