enjoyed historical research and had written about Knutsford's
history. She also acted as consultant to the press on historical
matters. She was an admirer of Elizabeth Gaskell's work and
founded The Gaskell Society, of which she was Honorary Secretary,
in 1985 on the 175th anniversary of Elizabeth's birth.
In September 2000 Joan organised Knutsford's inaugural Literature
Festival which attracted visitors from all over the world to celebrate
the work of many top authors (including Knutsford's own Elizabeth
Gaskell), some of whom were in attendance for the eleven day event.
known locally, Joan was often to be found at Knutsford Heritage
Centre, where she worked regularly as a volunteer, and also giving
talks and tours as well as appearing in the local press. Despite
Joan's very busy schedule though, here she took time out to
answer your questions on Virtual-Knutsford.