is so much to tell abut the Mainwarings of Peover I hope this is helpful
as a start...
The Mainwarings claimed descent from Ranulph who came to England
with William the Conqueror and was given land at Peover (and other
places) in return for his service. A branch of the family also lived
at Baddiley. Their name was spelt 131 different ways on old documents!
Peover was home to the Mainwarings from 1066 to 1919, firstly on
a moated site which is still to be seen, then in 1585 Sir Randle
built the present house. It still has Elizabethan features but its
profile is odd because a later Georgian wing was demolished in 1964.
General Patton and his troops occupied this larger house and worshipped
in the nearby chapel which still displays the Stars and Stripes
among the family tombs.
Effigy of Philip Mainwaring, died 1647, at Over Peover Church
Sir Thomas Mainwaring was a Cromwellian during the Civil War and
kept an interesting diary which is in the archives of John Rylands
library. It was for him that his mother , Ellen, built the splendid
Jacobean style stables which are listed buildings. She also built
a side chapel in the church for a memorial to her husband.
The Hall and gardens, originally laid out around 1890, can be visited.
Joan Leach 25.6.01
on the Mainwarings by Joan Leach