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Joan Leach, who died on 30/09/2010 aged 77, was Knutsford's resident historian, who wrote about the known, and not so well known, aspects of Knutsford's history and characters over the years... More about Joan Leach Joan Leach on Vitual-Knutsford
 

Richard Harding Watt - Watt is sometimes described as an eccentric architect but, though he had indulged in odd ideas about architecture....

 
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Nutty Squirrel- Did you hear about the rogue squirrel in Knutsford (Wednesday 6th November 2002) who attacked a two year old girl? It had earlier bitten someone's ankle.

 
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The Mighty Oak - Half an oak tree and several large branches from other oak trees were brought along Northwich Road by the recent gales. As they were probably planted when the turn-pike ...

 
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From Top to Bottom - Buildings seem to be going up on every vacant plot around Knutsford but looking at this aerial photo of about 1930 it is clear that buildings always had been crammed...

 
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Behind Prison Walls - My mother, resident in Knutsford since 1930, remembers paying one shilling to visit the old prison but only recalls the high walls and bleak cells, it was demolished in 1934...

 
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The White Bear - I have paused several times this week to watch the thatchers at work on The White Bear for such opportunities to see such an ancient craft are rare now.

 
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Races on Knutsford Heath- For more than 200 years there was horse racing on Knutsford Heath where the gentry from Cheshire country houses raced their horses and gambled at the cock pit.

 
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Bet you don't remember John Slater - Even those of us locals who only gamble on the lottery will have noticed the old Timpsons' shoe shop has now turned into the Betting Shop. It moved from a few doors away.

 
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Counting the People - A census has been taken every 10 years in Great Britain since 1801.
Knutsford Churches - The Vicar noted that the day had been wet and there was much sickness in the town...

 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford April 1901- A Census enumerator recorded some of his experiences in delivering and collecting the forms: 7% he had sort out and helped to fill in; others needed correction 'cimic labrer', skoler,skoular etc...
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford March 1901- A Knutsford man was sentenced to one month's hard labour for stealing a pigeon from a loft on Moorside
The Royal George Hotel & Thomas Hurst
- Local history research is much like doing a jigsaw puzzle...
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford February 1901- All the churches were holding memorial services for Queen Victoria and Saturday February 2nd was declared a day of general mourning with businesses and banks closed
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford Knutsford Winters Past - did they have global warming then?
100 Years Ago the Year 1901 - Dawn of the New Century
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford Christmas Memories - And lo! the Hange l of the Lord came..
Mince Pye Recipe - Mrs Raffald, 18thC Arley Housekeeper
Christmas 1880's - Howarth's butchers onKing Street
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford The Royal George - an excellent inn with nothing amiss
The Gaskell Tower - "architecture should instruct & uplift"
Knutsford's Coat of Arms - granted as recently as 1955
 
Joan's Jottings on Virtual-Knutsford The River Lily - Any Viking could jump across it!!
The Moor - Watt complained that the horses ate the trees