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12 photos that capture the true beauty of the Cage at Lyme Park

PUBLISHED: 17:33 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:43 24 November 2017

Lyme Park Cage, sunset timelapse by Stephen Bell

Lyme Park Cage, sunset timelapse by Stephen Bell


Our readers pay tribute to one of Cheshire’s most popular landmarks.

Cheshire is a county that has a few famous architectural follies; there is White Nancy in Bollington; Mow Cop, which is close to the Cheshire/Shropshire border; but arguably the most famous one of them all is The Cage at Lyme Park.

The Cage stands stands on the eponymous Cage Hill, which lies to the east of the approach road to Lyme Hall, it gained national prominence in recent years when it served as an inspiration for Poynton local Luis Troyano when creating his showstopper in the Great British Bake Off.

The Cage was originally a hunting lodge that was a perfect vantage point from which to watch the deer hunt within the grounds of Lyme Park. These days, the area around the Grade II listed sandstone building has become a popular spot for walkers and for photographers looking to capture images of the surrounding area and the Cheshire Peak District.

The Cage is thought to be a reference to the building’s similarity to a birdcage, but it also became yet more apt when it was used as a lock-up for prisoners overnight before facing the magistrate.

As you can see from these images, the elegant design of the building has made it a subject for photographers in its own right, in every season and every type of backdrop that the open sky will produce.

You can visit the Cage and climb the narrow spiral staircase within three storey building on alternate weekends in the afternoon from 1pm-4pm.

Why don’t you upload your images of The Cage or Lyme Park to the Cheshire Life reader photo gallery?

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