William Tatton Egerton 1806 - 1883
By the 19th century Tatton passed into the ownership of William Tatton Egerton (1806–1883).
William and his wife Charlotte enjoyed a period of financial prosperity and security during which time they nurtured their family of six sons and two daughters, assuring their future success by way of a series of good matches.
It was William Tatton Egerton who employed Joseph Paxton, the creator of Crystal Palace, to design the Fernery and the Italian Garden for Tatton Park.
William was particularly interested in collecting and growing orchids, as his series of surviving notes detailing orchids flowering in the glasshouses at Tatton will testify.
This was the first generation of the Tatton Park Egertons to be captured on film, with Lady Charlotte Egerton’s family photograph album allowing us a fascinating glimpse of what she, her husband and their children really looked like.
William Tatton Egerton was a respected MP for Mid-Cheshire and was eventually created 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton in 1859.