The Wright Family of Knutsford
I have been asked for information about Strethill
Wright who lived in Knutsford and the origin of the unusual
surname. Strethill was a village, or more probably a settlement,
in the Mere/ Rostherne area meaning Street Hill, from its proximity
to Watling Street, the Roman Road which is now the A556. The Swan
Hotel still has a Roman milestone set into its wall.
Wright graves in Knutsford Parish Church yard reveal much family
Here lies the body of Anne Wright
daughter of Richard and Jane Hancock
and wife of Strethill Wright
of Nether Knutsford, Gentleman, fourth son of Samuel
and Ann Wright, died 24 July 1814 aged 46.
(A second wife, in the same grave died, at the age of 71 in 1855)
Here also lieth the above named Srethill
Wright. He died the fifth of August AD1825 in the 70th
year of his age.
Hannah Higginson must have
been Strethill's second wife - nearlt thirty years younger than
him by my reckoning! His first wife was the daughter of the Landlord
of The Royal George, known as The George and Dragon at that time,
a busy place with The Assembly rooms and mail coaches.
Other Wright graves are of Strethill's parents and siblings. Father
Samuel Wright, who died in 1791,
left Ann (nee Pennee) his wife with six sons, five daughters and
seven grandchildren. Inscribed on his grave is the tribute:
"He was a great promoter in the building of this church,
consecrated 24 July 1744"
Afterwards frequently declared this having been such of one of
the happy events of his life. He was the attorney who did all the
paper work for the building and his son Strethill followed him in
A third Wright graves lists the family of eldest son, Samuel who
had three sons killed, before reaching the age of 21, fighting for
the British Empire: one at the battle of New Orleans. Strethill,
too, had a military career leading, as major, the Knutsford Volunteer
infantry attached to the Cheshire Yeomanry.
A local historian in the early 1900's recalls him being:
"The foremost volunteer in the district, and, helped by
a splendid spirit of cheerfulness and good humour, had gained
many friends. Riding on horseback at the head of his corps he
looked the picture of veteran, for while very young he had the
misfortune to lose an arm."
In 1814 the Volunteers, whose patriotism had run so high as to
provide everything at their own expense, received the thanks of
both Houses of Parliament, and Major Wright presented to each member
of the corps a printed copy of the resolution:- "Every man
has done his duty"
Sadly I believe Strethill went bankrupt. I thought it might have
been another member of the family, Strethill Henry Wright ( died
1881) Thomas Strethill Wright FRCPE had a distinguished medical
career in Edinburgh but is buried in Knutsford.
Joan Leach 13.5.02