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Ask Joan
Joan Leach is a local historian, a volunteer at the Heritage Centre, a founder of The Gaskell Society, and much more besides.


Could you tell me if Gannon Square, Heathside is/was? Why was it called Gannon? Do you know of a house called either Park View or Tatton View?
Joan answers: Gannon Square is now no more. At the present time (August 2000) bulldozers are at work there and all traces have gone. The square was situated off Gaskell Avenue and had quite attractive small terraced houses on three sides. It was named by its builder John Gannon, a stone mason in the town. Some of his work is more enduring as he built most of the wall around Tatton Park.

His descendant, May Gannon, now lives in Canada and has been over to Knutsford several times to do research.

The house you seek, named Tatton View may be the one of that name on Queen Street. It has an attractive terracotta name stone with the date.

I am specifically interested in Elizabeth Gaskell. Could you point me in the right direction for areas in Knutsford that would best highlight her history?

 Joan Says: The Cranford Walk section of Virtual-Knutsford highlights all the important areas. This information is also available in a leaflet from Knutsford Heritage Centre. A Literary Festival in Knutsford on 23 September 2000 also has many relevant events. If you need the telephone numbers of Knutsford Library, Heritage Centre, or Tourist Information then go to the Community Information section. You can visit the Gaskell Society site at www.gaskellsociety.cwc.net