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Become a Friend of Knutsford Heritage Centre

Joining between June and August 2017: £5
From September 2017 onwards: £15 single membership; £25 joint membership.

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Forthcoming Friends’ Events

Monday 9th October 2017 
AGM at 7 p.m. followed by a talk:
‘Everyone’s a Winner’: George Williams takes us on a magical journey through the world of competitions

Friday 17th November 2017 
10th Annual Quiz Night at Toft Cricket Club

Recent Events

February Forum 2017

Of the four Saturday afternoon talks there were three directly relevant to Knutsford and one relating to Alderley Edge.

Professor John Prag described the ambitious Alderley Edge Landscape Project (National Trust and Manchester Museum), which he coordinated. The subtitle of his talk was ‘From Sleeping King to Cotton Kings’, which aptly illustrates the scope of the final splendid published volume.

Audrey Young told us about the redoubtable Winifred Comber, who was born in Knutsford in 1895. Winifred was a keen traveller and an excellent photographer. The talk was illustrated by a wide selection of her photographs, many of which had been used for covers of Cheshire Life magazine in the 1930s.

Tony Leadbeater showed us photographs of his ‘town-building’ great grandfather, Henry Pemberton, who was responsible for over 100 houses and public buildings in Knutsford at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The final presentation was by David Bryant who used old photos, documents from the archives and his own modern photos, to give a succinct history of Knutsford from the eleventh to the twenty-first century.


Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield

After tea and scones Nick Bianchi entertained us with a lively and impassioned talk about the origins of the famed Macclesfield store and its present-day scope. In 1854 Antonio Arighi arrived in Macclesfield from the northern Italian silk-weaving village of Casnate. He made clocks and barometers to be lent to farmers on sale or return; they bought. Not long afterwards he was joined by a fellow-villager Antonio Bianchi, who was a cabinet-maker. Forty years later the iconic store opened its doors and the Bianchi family have kept it going ever since; it is now the longest-established retailer in the country.

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Upcoming Events
Fri 27
Tue 31

Pumpkin Path

October 31

Knutsford Heritage Centre opened in 1989 and is run entirely by Volunteers. It collects , displays and interprets the history of Knutsford for the benefit of both local people and visitors.


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

Tel: 01565 650506

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