Danish Ambassador to visit Knutsford

imageAs Knutsford welcomes the Danish Ambassador, Claus Grube, the Knutsford Promenades Community Association is delighted he will be viewing the community artwork created by artist Russell Kirk and hundreds of local youngsters.

Contributions to the artwork came from all over the town, from the tots at Mere Day Nursery to visitors to Tatton Park for the final of Stage Three of the Tour of Britain.

It was completed at the special Canute’s Crossing event which celebrated the legend that Canute came to Knutsford in 1016 and forded the River Lily.

As well as the small Vikings from Bexton Primary, students at Knutsford Academy also contributed artwork depicting famous Knutsfordians throughout the ages.

Pupils from Solbjergskolen who contributed to Canute's Crossing
Pupils from Solbjergskolen who contributed to Canute’s Crossing

Pupils from the Danish school, Solbjergskolen, also took part by writing their names in runes on banners which formed part of the Knutsford ‘Tree of Life’.

Letter from Jens Kristensen, headmaster, Solbjergskolen
Letter from Jens Kristensen, headmaster, Solbjergskolen




Banners depicting the names of the Solbjergskolen pupils in Danish runes
Banners depicting the names of the Solbjergskolen pupils in Danish runes




After the Canute’s Crossing event, Christian Wewer, the Honorary Consul for Denmark, said:

“As a representative of Denmark It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been part of it.

“A colourful and fun celebration of a most significant event for Knutsford one thousand years ago. If Canute were here he would say ‘Tusind tak’ (A thousand thanks in Danish) as he is not, I shall say it for him. Tusind tak!”


Canute’s Crossing features in Danish Embassy newsletter



Knutsford in the Domesday Book

Knutsford DomesdayThe Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).

The name Cunetesford

Hundred (the administrative subdivision of counties : Tunendune
County: Cheshire
Total tax assessed (on each property): 0.5 geld units (very small).
Taxable units(tax assessment for the manor): Taxable value 0.5 geld units.
Value (how much the manorial lord received in rents etc from the villagers): Value to lord in 1066 £0.5.
Ploughland (amount of ploughland and number of ploughteams working on it – each ploughteam has 8 oxen): 2 ploughlands (land for).
Other resources (such as meadow, woodland, mills and salthouses measured according to tax due on each. Woodland tax often paid in pigs): Woodland 0.5 league * 2 acres mixed measures.
Lord in 1066 (Lord of the estate in 1066 who received the profits from the holding): Erchenbrand.
Lord in 1086 (New owner after the Conquest): Erchenbrand.
Tenant-in-chief in 1086: William son of Nigel.
Phillimore reference: 9,13

Knutsford DomesdayCunetesford: William FitzNigel. Egbrand holds from him. ½ hide pays tax. Land for 2 ploughs. It was and is waste. Woodland ½ league long and 2 acres wide. Value was 10s.

From Open Domesday