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Acclaimed BBC Cranford adaptation screening on 29 May

Photo courtesy of the BBC
Photo courtesy of the BBC

Want to brush up on your Elizabeth Gaskell? Then the Drama Channel (Freeview 20) is screening all five episodes of the BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of Cranford on Sunday 29 May from 12 noon.

First screened in 2007, the adaptation brings together stories from Gaskell’s Cranford, My Lady Ludlow and Mr Harrison’s Confessions.

Knutsfordians know the Cranford in the novel was inspired by the lovely town of Knutsford where Elizabeth lived as a child with her aunt Hannah Lumb. In 1832 Elizabeth married a Unitarian minister, William Gaskell, at St John’s, Knutsford.

The couple lived in Manchester where William was Minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel. Elizabeth died in 1865 and is buried at Brook Street Chapel, Knutsford. A full biography of her life can be found on the Gaskell Society’s website.

Set in the fictional Cheshire village, Cranford focuses primarily on the town’s single and widowed middle class female inhabitants who are comfortable with their traditional way of life and place great store in propriety and maintaining an appearance of gentility.

Cranford boasts an impressive cast with too many famous names to list. If you want to find out more about the characters and actors, the BBC Press Office archive is a good place to start

Elizabeth Gaskell’s many connections with Knutsford will be featured in September when the town takes part for the first time as a town in the four-day long annual Heritage Open Days festival. This year the festival runs from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, inclusive.

Keep checking back to the Knutsford Promenades website, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news on the festival.

 

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Danish Consul first to sign the Canute’s Crossing Legacy Book

Sheltered from the drizzle by a helpful car park attendant, the Consul signs the Legacy Book.
Sheltered from the drizzle by a helpful car park attendant, the Consul signs the Legacy Book.

A lively launch of the Canute’s Crossing event took place when Danish Consul Christian Wewer and Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Tony Dean joined supporters and sponsors of the Knutsford Promenades Heritage Open Days festival.

Artist Russell Kirk brought his own inimitable style to the launch by sanding a special welcome to King Canute in ancient Danish and recording the footprints of the Consul and the Mayor in clay!

Knutsford Promenades Grade I listed partners Brook Street Chapel and Tabley House were both represented at the launch along with some of the events’ sponsors which include Bruntwood, Edmundson Electrical, and The Courthouse Hotel.

Everyone got into the spirit of Canute’s Crossing even though the River Lily isn’t the widest river in the world!

Enjoy some photos from the day.

From left, Philip Elsegood, Edmundson Electrical, Beulah Cornes and Rev Jean Bradley, Brook Street Heritage Site, Julie Ault, Bruntwood, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Peter Heywood, The Courthouse Hotel, Christian Wewer, Danish Consul, Knutsford Mayor Cllr Tony Dean, Sarah Flannery, and Russell Kirk.
From left, Philip Elsegood, Edmundson Electrical, Beulah Cornes and Rev Jean Bradley, Brook Street Heritage Site, Julie Ault, Bruntwood, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Peter Heywood, The Courthouse Hotel, Christian Wewer, Danish Consul, Knutsford Mayor Cllr Tony Dean, Sarah Flannery, and Russell Kirk.

 

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Follow in a King’s footsteps to mark 1,000 year since Canute’s crossing

Canute's Crossing launch
From left, Philip Elsegood, Edmundson Electrical, Beulah Cornes and Rev Jean Bradley, Brook Street Heritage Site, Julie Ault, Bruntwood, Cllr Andrew Malloy, Peter Heywood, The Courthouse Hotel, Christian Wewer, Danish Consul, Knutsford Mayor Cllr Tony Dean, Sarah Flannery, and Russell Kirk.

A SEA of people will walk in Canute’s footsteps in 2016 as they ‘ford’ the River Lily to mark the 1,000 year celebration of the King’s visit to Knutsford.

‘Canute’s Crossing’ is one of the many events taking place as part of Knutsford’s first participation as a town in the annual Heritage Open Days (HODs) festival from September 8 to 11.

“The HODs festival will see some 20 heritage sites being open to the public across the town,” said Sarah Flannery of the Knutsford Promenades community association, which is running the event.

“The story of Canute coming to Knutsford is a central part of the festival and we want to see 1,000 people represent 1,000 years of the town’s history from 1016 to the present day celebrate Canute by crossing the Lily.

“Residents, visitors, community groups, sports clubs, youth groups, businesses – everyone who contributes to the vibrant Knutsford of today – are invited to take part.”

The main Canute’s Crossing will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 2pm to 4.30pm when artist Russell Kirk will lead the creation of a thousand-piece community art installation on the Moor.

“Russell has been looking at the varied history of the Moor which has played such a big role in the 1,000 years since Canute’s visit from a place where Knutsfordians kept and fed livestock, to supplying reeds for thatching buildings, to being a place where the military trained – even a dumping ground for waste,” said Sarah.

“Today the Moor is a wonderful green space in the heart of the town providing the community with leisure and recreation opportunities in a clean and safe environment.”

Although the main event takes place in September, a number of smaller crossings will take place during the summer.

“The first to make the crossing was Christian Wewer, Consul for Denmark closely followed by Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Tony Dean,” said Sarah.

“It was fitting that the Consul for Denmark was the first to make the ‘official’ crossing and be the first to sign our Legacy Book.”

The special leather bound book will be signed by all those who take part in Canute’s Crossing to create a legacy of the 1,000 anniversary of Canute’s visit to Knutsford.

“Thanks to OKA who donated the book, we will be able to create a record of the event and those who took part which may well be looked back on in 3016!” said Sarah.

For more information visit knutsfordpromenades.co.uk, follow @knutsfordproms on Twitter, or like /KnutsfordPromenades on Facebook.

Between now and September 10 the Guardian will be featuring photos of people crossing the River Lily.

Send us your selfies to knutsford@guardiangrp.co.uk to help create our Canute’s Crossing gallery.

From Knutsford Guardian

 

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New Heritage Open Days treasures revealed – including Knutsford!

Harriet Roberts crosses the River Lily
Harriet Roberts, HODs media manager, crosses the River Lily ahead of the main Canute’s Crossing event on Saturday 10 September

The Knutsford Promenades team was delighted to see Knutsford getting a mention in the Heritage Open Days press release outlining their first pick of the 2016 highlights.

They opted to feature Canute’s Crossing which will see 1,000 people following in King Canute’s footsteps 1,000 years after he forded the River Lily.

This event is part of a new HODs programme of water-themed events which will celebrate the stories of canals and rivers, seasides, swimming pools, streams and spas!

An excerpt from the release with a quote from HODs patron Loyd Grossman is below, with the full release attached as a PDF.

‘Treasure your treasures!’ is the clarion call for Heritage Open Days 2016 as organisers make history matter in the UK’s biggest annual grassroots celebration of cultural heritage.

Across England, bands of bell ringers will ring the changes in church towers and cathedrals, costumed interpreters will bring to life historical heroes and heroines, stories will be shared, doors to hidden places unbolted and gates to secret gardens flung open.

Over 45,000 people will step up to the mark to give their time, creativity and skills in a cavalcade of free walks, talks, tours, open houses, exhibitions, performances and demonstrations.

Patron Loyd Grossman, explains “Heritage Open Days and its army of volunteers play an important role in championing our wonderfully diverse local heritage, opening up doors and keeping access free for these very special four days every year. Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to be a tourist in your own town and treasure the treasures on your doorstep.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “This is the second year that players have supported Heritage Open Days, which continues to grow, not only in the number of events, but the diversity and quality of activities right across England. We look forward to seeing thousands of people sharing the hidden histories on their doorstep and making a difference to their communities this September.”

HODs long lead press release

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In Cheshire covers the launch of the Knutsford Promenades 2016

In Cheshire