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

Dear Joan,

Myself and my partner are about to move into Stanley Road (touch wood) in Knutsford (next to the hospital). I appreciate that you are busy but I wondered if you knew anything of the history of the building?

Hope you can help! Thanks Dave

Joan answers:

Stanley Road / Love Lane

A new resident at 1. Stanley Road asks about its history. This is one of the block of 8 model cottages built by The Knutsford Freeholders 1870-72.

The committee met on 8 March 1870 in the Court Room in the Market Place and agreed to place an ad. in the Manchester Guardian for tenders.

They accepted that of J. Burton, Ashton-under-Lyne for £872-5 shillings. A second tender had been for £911-16 shilings and 2 pence.

Extra was charged later for plans, and installation of water and gas. However there must have been some disagreement because Burton was replaced by J.P.Cardwell of Altrincham. The work must have been too slow for in February 1871 the committeee demanded that the builder should complete it within 21 days. Total cost seems to have been £1,127- 12 shillings and 7 pence.

I am not sure if this cost included decorating, as tenants in September 1871, 'request paper on walls and painting' which was done for £36.

Annual rent was £11 per annum. They were sold in 1951 for £1,900.

Trumpet major Smith had a tenancy from March 1874.

You may be interested to know that Stanley Road was formerly called Love Lane but was renamed after funds were used from Lady Jane Stanley's fund to plant trees along that side of the Heath..

Below - Love Lane and the Freeholders Terrace.
 1880

Joan Leach 29.09.03