Through the ages it has been many a young girl's dream to be chosen
as queen of the May and crowned with a garland of flowers at the
Maypole. Knutsford's May queens not only have a memorable, historic
day but throughout their year of office participate in many events.
1864 the festival was celebrated by the children of the two parochial
schoools . The queen, Sarah Ann Pollitt, seems to have been chosen
by the boys, who were marched from their school at the foot of Adams
Hill to the girls' school on Tatton Street, according to the memory
of one of the boys.
Right : Madge Hamman as a Scotch
Reel Dancer - she was later Queen in 1913
The new vicar, Rev. Henry Barnacle thought it much more seemly
that he and his wife should do the choosing taking account of the
girl's good conduct, work and attendance at school. They also chose
the maids of honour, Maid Marion and the shepherdess.