Knutsford

Knutsford is situated on the Cheshire Plain, between the Peak District in the South Pennines to the east and the Clwydian Range in the Welsh mountains to the west. Knutsford’s proximity to Manchester has both now and historically helped it become a commuter town for those employed in Manchester. Today the town’s location gives residents easy access to Merseyside as well as Manchester.

Gaskell Memorial Tower

Gaskell Memorial Tower on King Street

Knutsford’s main town centre streets, Princess Street (also known locally as Top Street) and King Street lower down (also known as Bottom Street), form the “hub” of the town which can boast of a large number of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. At the top end of King Street is the pedestrian entrance to Tatton Park. The Tatton estate was formerly home to the Egerton family, and has given its name to Tatton parliamentary constituency.

Knutsford was recorded in the William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book of 1086 as Cunetesford (“Canute’s ford”). King Canute (Knútr in Old Norse) was the king of England (1016–1035) and later king of Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden as well. Local tradition says that King Canute forded the River Lily, which was said to be dangerous then, though other reports say it was the Birkin Brook at or near Booth Mill. The English Place-Name Society gives the name as being derived from the Old English for Knutr’s ford or possibly hillock ford.

In 2005 Knutsford was named as the most expensive town to buy a house in Northern England, followed by nearby town Altrincham. There is an extremely large range of house prices in Knutsford, currently varying from approximately £79,000 to £3,850,000.

.

May Queen 2014

Knutsford ‘Royal’ May Queen for 2014 Jasmine Dines

Knutsford ‘Royal’ May Day

Knutsford ‘Royal’ May Day is an historical pageant where the children (and plenty of adults) dress up in historical or legendary costumes with morris dancers, a Jack-in-the-Green, Chinese dragons, musicians, a town crier with officials and of course the May Queen with her Court Attendants in horse-drawn carriages.

Knutsford’s Royal May Queen for 2014 was Knutsford Academy student Jasmine Dines.  Thirteen year old Jasmine  was crowned the 139th May Queen by Edward Stone during the crowning ceremony that took place on Saturday May 3rd, on Knutsford Heath.    Jasmine has taken part in the May Day festival since she was small with roles including Nurse, Cranford lady, Ginger Spice, Maid of Honour, Maid Marion and last year, a Court Lady.  Her hobbies include singing, dancing and acting. She is also a member of the Knusford swimming group, Vikings. This year the Ladies in Waiting are Amy Siwek and Rachel Moonan whilst Maid Marion will be Annabel Smith.

More information can be found at the official May Day website at knutsford-royal-mayday.co.uk.


This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget
.

Quality childcare in Knutsford.

Budeez ‘Out of School’ Club


.

KNUTSFORD MAY DAY 150th Anniversary DVD

DVD 150th anniversary
The DVD you are about to order is a professionally made DVD featuring the 150th Anniversary Knutsford Royal May Day celebrations on 3rd May 2014.

It includes interviews with former May Queens, an insight into the process of “sanding” to be seen around town, a feature on the preparations for the day itself, as well as the crowning, the court, the dancing and some of the history of this grand event.

An option within the DVD will be to watch the complete procession (from cameras placed on both sides of the street at one point in the procession). This means that EVERY CHILD TAKNG PART should be included on the DVD.

To order or find further information visit the WebMedias website.

.

Stop press

Little Theatre presents Aladdin

Aladdin by Ben Crocker Friday 16th and Saturday 17th January 2015 evenings at 7.00pm Saturday 17th January 2015...

Read More

Live Acts at the Cat & Fiddle

Vienna here from The Cat & Fiddle Inn getting in touch with our November live music events. All events are free...

Read More

Christmas Ball in aid of Francis House

On Friday 5th December we are once again holding our annual Christmas Ball at Mere Hotel and Country Club. Last yea...

Read More

Knutsford’s got the Talent Factor

The search is on for Knutsford's amateur talent.  Whatever your age and whatever your talent, enter the ultimate K...

Read More

 

makers_market