Tabley House, Tabley Lane, Chester Rod, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0EZ

Join artist Nicky Thompson, who created the illustrations for the ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ project.

Nicky Thompson is a gifted illustrator and graphic designer who was commissioned by Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership to produce illustrations for their project, which is linked with Knutsford Promenades’ ‘From Station to Station’. All of the illustrations feature women who lived in towns linked by the Mid-Cheshire Line from Chester to Manchester, including Mrs Gaskell, Alison Uttley, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mary Fildes and Elizabeth Raffald.

During this event, Nicky will be talking about his artistic approach and will show examples of preliminary sketches through to the finished works. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at illustrating, under Nicky’s expert eye!

This event takes place in St Peter’s Chapel, adjacent to Tabley House. It was originally built on an island in the Mere in 1678, moved in 1927 and re-erected on its present site. The Chapel has impressive stained glass, with one window designed by Burne-Jones. It was recently used as a location for the hit TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’.

Opening Times

Sunday 9 September: 1300-1600

Booking Details

No booking required


The Chapel and House is accessible for those with mobility problems or wheelchair users. Please phone 01565 750151 beforehand if access to the House is required as a separate entrance is used. For those using the usual entrance, please note there are some uneven surfaces and steps.

Additional Information

Mrs Gaskell’s Picnic will be taking place the same afternoon and visitors can also enjoy free admission to the House and see the wonderful Tabley House Collection and the display about Tabley Women of Significance. Tabley House is the finest Palladian mansion in Cheshire. The estate was home to the Leicester family for 700 years, until the mid-1970s. Their legacy includes some of the finest art, furniture and books that money could buy, as well as a fascinating family history. Contact for the day: Gill Dent
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Knutsford Promenades