I am the granddaughter of the first May Queen,
Annie Sarah Pollitt. Is it possible that there are any photos of
that time. I know that Granny worked at then Swan Hotel as a house
maid. I am so thrilled to see it in print.
First Knutsford May Queen
Recently I mentioned the Tatton Club and its history from the building
as a Baptist Chapel to the club today. The chapel builder, about
1840, was Joseph Jackson who owned the property and land through
to King Street, then in 1947 Mrs Jackson sold it all to Lord Egerton.
Mrs Jackson's daughter tells me that her grandmother, Annie Sarah
Pollitt, was the first Knutsford May Queen and later landlady at
The Feathers in Canute Place. This small inn was closed down by
the licensing authority in 1907, because it decided that twenty
two pubs for a population of 5,172 was excessive: there were protests
from tradesmen, clergymen and medical men who signed a petition
to keep it open.
Mrs Jackson was a woman of irreproachable character and had been
in the house for 30 years; Edwin , her husband had died 12 years
earlier but five children were still at home including one daughter
who was an invalid.
In an attempt to clean up the town, pig sties came under scrutiny,
but it was said that Mrs Jackson's were well looked after and no-one
minded them. I remember the stone slab walls. I have not yet managed
to link the Jackson families.