SJ7581 : Airborne Forces Memorial Stone, Tatton Park

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

Airborne Forces Memorial Stone, Tatton Park
Airborne Forces Memorial Stone, Tatton Park
The Tatton estate played a vital role in Britain's wartime years between 1939 and 1945. Maurice Egerton, 4th and last Baron of Tatton, was keen to support the war effort and gave permission for his land at Ringway (now Manchester Airport) to be used from 1940 onwards. This became the home of No1 Parachute Training School [No1 PTS] of the Central Landing School, heralding the birth of Britain's airborne forces. Tatton Park became the training centre drop zone for No 1 Parachute School and over 383,000 parachute descents were made here by soldiers and civilians of many nationalities who came under cover of night to do their training jumps before leaping as Special Agents (by parachute) into Occupied Europe. An image of a mass parachute drop at Tatton may be seen at LinkExternal link .

This memorial stone sits in a pleasant spot within the grounds of Tatton Park, at the edge of Saddleback wood overlooking the Deer Park and surrounding countryside.

A brass plaque at the base of the stone has the following inscription:
THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
TATTON PARK WAS THE DROPPING ZONE FOR
No1 PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL, RINGWAY.
THIS STONE IS SET IN HONOUR OF
THOSE THOUSANDS, FROM MANY LANDS
WHO DESCENDED HERE IN THE COURSE OF
TRAINING, GIVEN OR RECEIVED, FOR
PARACHUTE SERVICE WITH THE ALLIED FORCES
IN EVERY THEATRE OF WAR

Above the inscription, the dates 1940 1945 are inscribed in the stone and above them is the Parachute Regiment insignia.
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)
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Saturday, 1 May, 2021
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Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates  People, Events 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7515 8192 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.0160N 2:22.4772W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7515 8191
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