An Ancient Chapel
might be called the first "Parish Church" of Knutsford
dates back at least to the early part of the fourteenth Century,
and possibly goes back to Anglo-Saxon and Danish times.
On June 24 Knutsford Parish Church of St. John the Baptist celebrated
it s 250th anniversary. It was not however the first church in Knutsford
- the Parochial Chapel, dedicated to St. Helena, celebrated its
700th year of its 1292 Charter in 1992.
Until 1741 Knutsford was part of the parish of Rostherne at which
date the new Church of St. John was built and the Old Parochial
The old churchyard was a place of pilgrimage in my Sunday school
days when we went there, over the fields, for an annual service,
so it has happy memories for me. I still think of it as St Helena's
as that was what we always called it. Maps show it as ruins of St
It is still there, well hidden and 2 or 3 years ago it was renovated.
A sort dig was carried out to confirm that the concreted wall footings
did mark out a building. Several gravestones were dug up, probably
15th century, I think. The site was tidied up. So it is not totally
I must ask if there was a written report for this work.
Joan Leach 20.1.03
Further information about the Parochial Chapel can be found in Mark
Olly's article - KNUTSFORD
- ARCHERS AND CHAPELS?