National Trust boss is latest to cross the Lily as part of Canute celebrations

David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and Dame Helen Ghosh, DG of the National Trust
David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and Dame Helen Ghosh, DG of the National Trust

DAME Helen Ghosh, director general of the National Trust, took time out of her busy schedule to visit Knutsford and do ‘Canute’s Crossing’ in some style.

“I met Helen at the national launch of Heritage Open Days at the RIBA in London and we were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to take visit the town,” said Sarah Flannery, of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.

“She really enjoyed hearing about how our Knutsford Heritage Open Days will celebrate 1,000 years of town history and tradition.”

Dame Helen joined David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire who made the crossing at the same time.

Writing in the Legacy Book, Dame Helen said: “I loved my leap over the Lily and the chance to hear about all the wonderful events planned for Knutsford Heritage Open Days.

“Wonderful community spirit! Good luck.”

David Briggs confessed that he had driven over the River Lily many times without realising its relevance to the Canute legend.

“I am delighted to have learnt where the Lily is and thrilled to have forded it on the 1,000th anniversary of King Canute’s legendary crossing,” he said.

Photos by Nick Jones Photography

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Knutsford pupils team up with artist for King Canute project

academy-workshopHISTORICAL figures from the past 1,000 years of Knutsford’s history will be celebrated during the four-day long Heritage Open Days festival.

Buildings designed, visited or lived in by the likes of Richard Harding Watt, Henry Royce, Alison Uttley, Baillie Scott, John Wesley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Sir Winston Churchill, Trumpet Major Smith and General Patton will open their doors specially for visitors.

These figures will be also feature in Canute’s Crossing on Saturday 10 September.

Students from year 7 at Knutsford Academy, working with artist Russell Kirk, have created a series of large 3D card caricatures which will be used as part of the Canute’s Crossing event.

“We were delighted to get involved with the workshop as part of everything that is planned for Knutsford on September 10,” said James Routs of the Knutsford Academy.

“The students really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Russell for the day and the 3D caricatures they built were very impressive.”

Russell will be holding a workshop at Bexton Primary School next week when pupils will create ‘mini Viking’ costumes and rehearse their role alongside the Chester Vikings who will lead the fun on the Saturday as they invade Knutsford with Canute and their Viking longboat.

“The crossing is a community event which not only celebrates the legend that gave rise to the town’s name, recorded as Cunetesford in the Domesday Book, it also celebrates The Moor’s beautiful green space heritage which is so important,” said Julie Tempest, of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.

During the four-day festival, there are also many special events linked with the town’s historical figures, including a keynote lecture about ‘Cheshire and the Viking World by Professor Richard Morris, a cavalcade of Rolls-Royces,‘Grey Rabbit’, ‘A Taste of Cranford’, and ‘A Victorian Beauty’.

Photo by Knutsford Academy

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How to be one in 1,000 at Canute’s Crossing

Tree of LifeA quick guide to how you can be part of Canute’s Crossing and celebrate 1,000 years of Knutsford history on Saturday 10 September 2016.

  1. Create a banner with your name on in Danish Runes and see it on the Knutsford ‘Tree of Life’ created by artist Russell Kirk for one day only on the Moor. Full details and a how to guide on our Canute’s Crossing page.
  2. Nancy TymsDo your Canute’s Crossing now! Take a selfie and send it to & along with your name, date and time of your ‘crossing’ to add to our Legacy Book and help create the Canute’s Crossing gallery. Tweet your pic to @knutsfordproms or post it to our Facebook page /KnutsfordPromenades
  3. Be one in 1,000 taking part in Canute's Crossing
    Be one in 1,000 taking part in Canute’s Crossing

    Join the celebrations on Saturday 10 September, 2pm to 4.30pm when artist Russell Kirk and the Chester Vikings will lead the fun. There will be plenty to do including community art and live music from the Roberts Bakery Band and Spitting Feathers.


A Victorian Beauty

beauty-in-the-victorian-ageKnutsford Spa, 8 Malt Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6ES

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Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: 12.00 – 15.00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
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Additional information

The Knutsford Day and Medi Spa is situated in Knutsford town centre close to the King Street car park.