SJ7481 : Shinto Shrine and Almond-eye Bridge, Tatton Park Japanese Garden

taken 20 days ago, near to Mere, Cheshire, Great Britain

Shinto Shrine and Almond-eye Bridge, Tatton Park Japanese Garden
Shinto Shrine and Almond-eye Bridge, Tatton Park Japanese Garden
One of the most striking elements in the garden design of Tatton is the Japanese Garden to the west of the southern end of the Broad Walk. This is widely acknowledged as the finest Japanese garden in the United Kingdom (LinkExternal link Japanese Garden Journal) if not in Europe. It was laid out for Alan de Tatton in 1910 following his visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition in London.

Japanese gardens have an ancient history influenced by Shinto, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Bringing a spiritual sense to the garden, they allow the visitor to look back and reflect. The garden at Tatton, originally laid out with the help of Japanese craftsmen, follows the plan of a tea garden, with a small Shinto Shrine brought from Japan and a thatched Tea-House as well as a bridge over the Golden Brook, and a number of lanterns. The garden contains plants, stones and rocks which have been placed to provide a natural balance. The stones and rocks are selected for their shapes, and a mound has been formed to replicate Mount Fuji with its snow-capped summit. The plants include specimens of Japanese maple and various mosses

One of the features of the garden is a small island on which the Shinto Shrine sits. Derived from the Chinese design, the Almond Eye Bridge was "drawn out" to elongate the rather steep design of its origin. This results in a more pleasing shape in the form of an "eye" formed by the bridge's reflection on the water. The nineteenth century temple is grade II-listed (Historic England List Entry Number: 1230424 LinkExternal link )

The site of the garden was that of a series of former pits where marl was dug to put on the land. These, remodelled, provided the necessary water features. The whole layout embodies the highly symbolic use of particular trees and plants, as well as the use of water.

The garden was restored in 2001. Because of its fragility and scale the garden is not normally open to visitors except at set times for guided walks but can be enjoyed from the outside, looking in.

LinkExternal link Discover Garden Architecture and Statuary (Tatton Park)
Tatton Park Gardens

Tatton Park Gardens lie immediately to the south of Tatton Hall Link , and consist of formal and informal gardens within Tatton Park Link . Included in the gardens are an Italian garden, a walled garden, a rose garden and the Japanese garden. The buildings in the garden are the Conservatory, the Fernery and the Showhouse. The gardens are owned by the National Trust and administered by Cheshire East Council.

The gardens are registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage, designated at Grade II* for special historic interest(LinkExternal link National Heritage List for England). They are open to the public at advertised times (LinkExternal link National Trust Visitor Information).

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 744 811 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.5825N 2:23.1220W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 744 811
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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