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My Father was placed in the Winstanley Boys Home during the early 1940's (I believe the home was built on Knutsford heath). Do you have any information with regard to the home?

Joan answers:

Winstanley School KnutsfordWinstanley House was a home for boys - waifs and strays - founded in 1814 by Claude Hardy in memory of Emmeline Winstanley. It housed 45 boys. I do not know who Emmeline Winstanley was but Claude Hardy was wealthy enough to build Radbroke Hall around the same time.

Winstanley House was converted from the closed down Grammar School which had been purpose built in 1887 to cater for 50 day boys and 25 boarders. It had a six acre field with cricket pitch etc.

Today the Old Folks Home called Winstanley House on Tabley Road occupies the site of the old one but is a new building.

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

 

Below: Extract from the 1897 Winstanley School Brochure

Winstanley School Knutsford