SJ7581 : Melchett Mere

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

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Melchett Mere
Melchett Mere
The lake in Tatton Park, known as Tatton Mere, is one of a number of smallish lakes, or meres, in Cheshire which date back to the glacial period of the last ice age. A smaller lake, named Melchett Mere, is just north west of Tatton Mere, at a noticeably lower elevation.

This is not another glacial lake. According to the National Trust (Heritage Record ID: 58731 / MNA113900 LinkExternal link ), Melchett Mere in Tatton Park was formed by a sudden collapse in 1922. This collapse was probably caused by the pumping of wild brine by salt companies based at Northwich during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which dissolved the rock salt under and to the north of Tatton Mere. Melchett Mere was named by Lord Egerton after the then chairman of the extractive company he believed to have been responsible.

The two meres are dedicated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and RAMSAR sites (LinkExternal link ) and are recognised as nationally important habitats, not only providing nest sites and winter refuge for large numbers of waterbirds but are also abundant in wildflowers and scarce plant life (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) Nature Conservation and Meres).
Tatton Park

Tatton Park is a historic estate in Cheshire, to the north of the town of Knutsford. It contains a mansion (Tatton Hall), a manor house dating from medieval times (Tatton Old Hall), gardens, a farm and a deer park of 2,000 acres. For nearly 400 years the estate was the property of the Egerton family until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1958.

One of the most complete historic estates open to visitors, it is now a popular visitor attraction which hosts over 100 local and national events annually include the annual Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Show, car shows, concerts, courses and craft and antique fairs.

The early 19th-century mansion sits amid a landscaped deer park and is opulently decorated, providing a fine setting for the Egerton family's extensive collections. The theme of Victorian grandeur extends into the garden with its glasshouses, formal gardens, Italian and Japanese gardens.

More information:
LinkExternal link National Trust Visitor Information
LinkExternal link Wikipedia

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Saturday, 1 May, 2021
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 750 812 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.6381N 2:22.6000W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 750 812
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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National Trust  Visitor Attraction  Tatton Park  Lake  Mere  SSSI  Ramsar  Lake Shore 

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