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Knutsford Heritage Open Days will include feature on Alan Turing’s sessions house trial

THE life of a ground-breaking scientist and mathematician will be remembered as part of Knutsford Heritage Open Days later this year.

Organisers of Knutsford Heritage Open Days, who are members of Knutsford Promenades Community Association, have announced that the programme will feature the 65th anniversary of Alan Turing’s trial, thanks to collaboration with the Courthouse Hotel in Toft Road- where the trial originally took place.

Alan Turing, who lived and died in Wilmslow, was renowned for his pivotal role in cracking German codes in the Second World War.

“We are are so excited to be working on another town-wide programme of events and sites for Knutsford Heritage Open Days,” said Sarah Flannery of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association. “The collaboration between the Association and Heritage Open Days was a big success in 2016 and we are already working on strengthening this partnership in 2017.

““We will be including events connected with Turing, his Cheshire links and his remarkable contribution to mathematics and computer science.

““We have some terrific collaborations in place and hope that Knutsford Heritage Open Days 2017 will attract significant interest and visitors from across the country.”

Official court documents, detailing convictions faced by Alan Turing, who lived in Adlington Road, went on display for the first time last year at Chester Town Hall. He was convicted at Knutsford’s former sessions house on March 31, 1952.

Adam Keppel-Garner, Knutsford town clerk, said: “It is fantastic to see the town-wide Heritage Open Days returning for 2017; some amazing buildings were opened up last year and I look forward to seeing what we can visit this year.

“The plans reflecting on the anniversary of Turing’s trial are incredibly interesting and I look forward to finding out more about what is planned.”

Anyone interested in supporting the festival, should email knutsfordproms@gmail.com.

From Knutsford Guardian

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Knutsford Heritage Open Days to return with Alan Turing exhibition

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Knutsford Heritage Open Days will return in September 2017 bringing more exciting and interesting events to open up the town’s amazing buildings to Knutsfordians and visitors alike.

“We are are so excited to be working on another town-wide programme of events and sites for Knutsford Heritage Open Days,” said Sarah Flannery of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.

“The collaboration between the Association and Heritage Open Days was a big success in 2016 and we are already working on strengthening this partnership in 2017.”

Although the programme still being finalised, the organisers have announced that the 65th anniversary of Alan Turing’s trial in Knutsford will feature thanks to the Courthouse Hotel.

“We will be including events connected with Turing, his Cheshire links and his remarkable contribution to mathematics and computer science,” said Sarah.

“We have some terrific collaborations in place and hope that KHODs 2017 will attract significant interest and visitors from across the country.

Knutsford Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner, said: “It is fantastic to see the town-wide Heritage Open Days returning for 2017; some amazing buildings were opened up last year and I look forward to seeing what we can visit this year.

“The plans reflecting on the anniversary of Turing’s trial are incredibly interesting and I look forward to finding out more about what is planned.”

Anyone interested in supporting four-day festival which brought some 4,000 visitors to the town should email knutsfordproms@gmail.com.

Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the National Trust and has been running for over 20 years. It is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days which takes place across 50 countries on the same September weekend every year.

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Friends of the Moor do Canute’s Crossing

This year will see the fifth Knutsford Promenades take place from Thursday 7 to 10 September.

Delighted by the success of the 2016 events, the Knutsford Promenades team will again be organising a town wide celebration of our heritage as part of the national annual Heritage Open Days festival.

Last year some 34 events and sites formed part of a four-day programme which celebrated 1,000 years of Knutsford’s history since, as the town legend has it, King Canute forded the River Lily in 1016.
Richard Harding Watt, Elizabeth Gaskell and Sir Henry Royce were just three of the historic figures whose links with Knutsford were celebrated as home and business owners opened their premises to the public, businesses stage special events, and the whole community got together to celebrate Canute’s Crossing led by artist Russell Kirk and the Chester Vikings.

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