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Knutsford Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre

Knutsford Heritage Centre is housed in a reconstructed 17th century timber framed building previously known as Musgrave’s Yard.

Evidence of its previous existence as a tinsmith, ironmonger and brazier is clear, with a forge, anvil and an original set of bellows now preserved and all on display.

Once no longer viable as an ironmonger’s, the site had sadly been left to ruin over the years but in 1988, The Groundwork Trust invested £100,000 to renovate and develop the area into what is now The Heritage Centre.

Working as an independent charity, The Heritage Centre continues to grow and develop, always aiming to ‘protect, present and promote Knutsford’s rich and diverse heritage for the benefit of its residents and visitors.’

Admission to the Centre is FREE but we welcome donations. The centre is open throughout the year.

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Knutsford Heritage Centre boasts two courtyard gardens beautifully maintained by a team of volunteers.

The front yard, full of colourful pots and baskets, greets visitors to the Centre and a walled cottage garden between the two buildings has an array of Old English plants, herbs and flowers and is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the day.

During the summer seasons, visitors may purchase cuttings, seeds and plants from our gardens.


photo (16) smallExhibition Gallery

A separate building comprising the Tapestry and Exhibition Galleries may be found at the end of the garden.

The Tapestry Gallery was purpose-built to house the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry. Part of an old Tobacco Mill (now Cranford Carpets), this gallery is also used as a venue for talks, lectures and workshops.

The Exhibition Gallery hosts regularly changing exhibitions througout the year which vary from local artwork to regional heritage displays. You may view current and upcoming Exhibition Listings here.

The galleries are also available for hire; please call 01565 650506 to find out more.


Gift Shop

The Centre has a well-stocked gift shop with Tapestry merchandise, books on local heritage, postcards and books.

We also provide a useful selection of tourist information and leaflets.

Great Rail Journeys


Knutsford was featured on a recent BBC2 Great Rail Journey programme featuring Michael Portillo in January 2016.Knutsford Heritage Centre worked with Boundless TV on the research for this programme during 2015. For the programme Michael Portillo visited Heathwaite House where Elizabeth Gaskell the town’s famous authoresslived as a child, the Unitarian Chapel where she is buried, and the Gaskell Tower built in 1907 by Richard Harding Watt in her memory. Diane Stenson accompanied Michael Portillo who chatted with him about Elizabeth Gaskell’s mostfamous novel ‘Cranford’, the inspiration which she drew from the many buildings and features of the town.

The picture here shows Diane Stenson, Michael Portillo and Val Bryant (Trustee) in front of the Gaskell Tower.


Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing

This 7-week course will guide you through the process of writing stories from your life for your grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Suitable for inexperienced and experienced writers, there will be lots of tips on how to make your memories vivid and engaging.  Just bring yourself, a pen and paper. Sessions last for 2 hours and will include stimulating, hands-on writing exercises and the opportunity to read out work in a friendly, supportive and constructively critical environment, guided by a former literary agent, Sarah Ganczarski M.A. in Creative Writing and teaching creative writing qualifications from MMU.

Start Date:     Monday 4th April 2016 (7 weeks)

Finish Date:  Monday 23rd May (1 week off 2nd May)

Venue:            Knutsford Heritage Centre

Time:              10am – 12pm

 Price:             £50 (inc refreshments)

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90A King Street, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6ED

Tel: 01565 650506

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