I was born in Knutsford in 1970 and lived on 'Carrwood' since that
date. My parents have told me that the estate was built on the site
of a huge farm. Even today 30 years later they still recieve the
occassional letter addressed to Higher Town Farm. We have also found
scores of clay pipes in the garden over the years. Do you know anything
about the history of the farm and also anything about the water
pump at the end of Carrwood on Chelford Rd?
Joan answers: Before Knutsford Urban
District Council was formed in 1894 the area was divided up into
townships which each had their own administration and officers for
collecting taxes for highways, the poor and the church.
town was officially called Nether Knutsford. From the Legh Arms
and along Chelford Road was Over Knutsford ( Toft, Bexton and Ollerton
were other townships). Nearly all the land and property in Over
Knutsford belonged to the Leghs of Booth who held their manor court
at The Legh Arms, familiarly known as 'The Sword and Serpent' or
after a few pints:'the Snig and Skewer'.
Right: This water colour dates from about
old rent book of the Leghs survives for the years 1799 to 1812 showing
that farmer John Davies paid rent for Higher
Town Farm. He must have farmed land behind the row of cottages,
with the farmhouse and entrance just before them. A receipt for
the repair of the pump is still in the rent book.
On the map of about 1910 there is a very tiny 'p' for pump; also
on the map one can see the access road for the farmer through strips
of wood land.
Left: 1910 map of Knutsford click for