Great Warford in Kelly’s Directory of 1939

“Great Warford township is 2 miles west from the parish church and 4 1/2 from Knutsford , and was the site of a Roman settlement. There are Baptist and Methodist chapels and a parish hall.  The only charity is one of a £2 yearly value.  The David Lewis Manchester Epileptic Colony are the chief landowners. …

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Cheshire Against Napoleon

The following is a partial transcription of an article by Arthur J. Gautrey called “Cheshire against Napoleon”, which details how the inhabitants of Warford might play their part in the wake of a Napoleonic invasion:   “The Parish Constables elected to serve at Great Warford in 1803, William Hunt and Thomas Withington, felt entitled to …

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Family History Weekend and Tree Planting Ceremony

There are two community events coming up in the next few weeks which I will be attending, to help promote my research on Great Warford;  I look forward to meeting many new and old faces, please bring along any photographs or documents on the history of Warford and Marthall that you would be willing to …

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Great Warford Soldiers in WW1

The first part of my research into local soldiers and their experiences in World War One, is almost complete, with the thirty seven names listed on the war memorial for Great Warford being investigated first. I have a fairly comprehensive story for about 50% of these, about another 20% with little information, and a few …

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Sandlebridge Special Schools – Part 1.

    For a recent visit to Cheshire Record Office I had at last got round to requesting some archives at the early years of the Mary Dendy Hospital, called at this time, Sandlebridge Special Schools. Due to the nature of the institution I was warned that some records would be unavailable to me due …

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Sandlebridge and Elizabeth Gaskell

I have recently added an article about Sandlebridge’s connections to the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.  This can be found on the History Tab. Mrs Gaskell, (1810 – 1865)  who is famous for such literary works such as Cranford, Wives and Daughters and North and South, lived with her aunt as a child, after the sudden death …

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First World War Centenary Project

99 years ago, almost to the day, Great Britain declared war on Germany, which was a turning point in world history and led to almost seventeen million military personnel being mobilised over the next four years, with nine million of them losing their lives. Over the next four years, the Department for Media, Culture and …

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