Eaton Hall

My name is Sam, and I am a relatively new volunteer to Congleton Museum.

What most people don’t realise is just how many objects we have crammed into this small area. I spend my time at the museum updating the collection archives, which is an endless task. However, I have found out a lot about Congleton in a short space of time!

Recently, I came across some accounts payslips from the Eaton Hall Estate, dating from the early 19th century. Until now, I must admit I didn’t even know Eaton Hall existed. Being curious, I did some digging and found out some things.  Here are just a few of the intriguing bits…

  • Gibbs Crawfurd Antrobus had a pet monkey named ‘Jacko’, who was buried in the kitchen garden. A small headstone was erected in his memory.
  • Eaton Hall was the first place in the area to have an air raid siren installed.
  • The lawns were cut by a large mower pulled by a Shire horse. Nothing unusual there, however, when the tennis courts were cut, the Shire horse had to wear leather boots to prevent horsey damage!
  • When the family went away, the staff would meet in the house for tea and biscuits. Makes you wonder what else they got up to!
  • One head gardener had a pet robin called Herbert!

Sadly, the main hall was demolished in 1980, however aspects of its history are stored in the museum’s archives, including a photo album of containing some interior photographs.

You can find out more about Eaton Hall, as well as other notable Congleton properties, in a series of new booklets by Lyndon Murgatroyd extracted from his book ‘Who lived in a House Like This?’ These are now available from the museum shop.

2 thoughts on “Eaton Hall

  1. I believe that Eaton Hall was also used as an army base in the 1950s, my father was stationed there and I recall Bonfire celebrations and a Christmas Party in the hall. Somewhere I have a photograph of a Mess dinner held there.

  2. There were two Eaton Halls in Cheshire.

    The Eaton Hall referred to by Sam, was the home of the Antrobus Family from c1800 to the 1980’s when it was subsequently demolished for sand extraction. Having been raised in the village during the 1950’s my recollections are that there was never an army camp there at any time in its history.

    The Eaton Hall to which I think the enquirer is referring was Eaton Hall near Chester, the Cheshire home of the Dukes of Westminster. The Hall the enquirer remembers was demolished in the 1950’s but replaced by a much smaller more modern house. It is still the home of the Duke of Westminster.

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