Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5SB
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The name of Shrigley Hall came from the original owners the De Shrigley’s. The Hall was passed down by marriage to the Downes family in the 14th century who resided on the estate for over 300 years.
In 1818, the estate was sold to the former MP for Blackburn, William Turner, with the present hall built, in 1825.
William Turner had only one heiress, his daughter Ellen Turner. In 1826, whilst only fifteen years of age, she was at the centre of one of the most outrageous cases of abduction that has been chronicled.
On March 7th 1826, Ellen was taken away from her school at Liverpool on false pretences by Gibbon Wakefield. They headed to Gretna Green where they wed. From there, they travelled to London and then on to Calais where Miss Turner was rescued by her uncle. Wakefield was tried at Lancaster on March 3rd 1827 where he was found guilty and sentenced to three years imprisonment. The scandal created huge press coverage throughout the country.
Ellen, who later married Thomas Legh, died at the age of 19 after giving birth to their only child Ellen Jane.
Ellen Jane inherited Shrigley from her grandfather and later married the Reverend Brabazon Lowther. The two lived at Shrigley Hall until he died on the 30th December 1877, with Ellen passing away during November 1906. Their son William subsequently inherited the estat