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Richard Harding Watts sundial at Giovannis

Don Gio sundialAn excellent bronze sundial although a little too high to be easily readable. It was made in 1908 for Richard Harding Watts who was responsible for some of the unusual buildings in Knutsford which Pevsner considers, ‘crazy grandeur’. Watts was not an architect but he managed to get some architects to design what he had in mind. The style can only be described as ‘Watts’, see The Kings Coffee House, also on King Street. On the dial it says, ‘Made for Richard Harding Watts by the ‘Solar Instrument Company Manchester,’ but nothing is known of that company, but certainly Watts’ ideas would be incorporated into the design of the dial. Also on the dial is the date, ‘Anno Domini MCMVIII’, ‘Latitde 53 18 N’, and ‘Knutsford 192 feet above sea level’. The motto across the top of the two faces, ‘Lord through this hour be Thou my guide, So by Thy power no foot shall slide’, is the same as that on the ‘Big Ben’ bell at the Palace of Westminster. The asymmetrical appearance of the dial is due to one face facing NW and the other SW, this a multiple dial, some call it a prism dial. This dial is really an important part of Knutsford’s heritage.

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Knutsford RE-DOCK Drop-in workshops with Sam Meech

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The Courthouse Hotel, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PB

Re-Dock, the artist collective based in Manchester and Liverpool, is behind the landmark art event ‘Regina v Turing and Murray’.

These drop-in workshops are being led by Sam Meech, co-director of Re-Dock. Sam has worked for many organisations including The National Film Board of Canada, Royal Opera House, FACT and Whitworth Art Gallery.

This is an exceptional opportunity to take part in a creative workshop led by a gifted artist and videosmith. The venue is The Courthouse.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 10 September: Workshop 11:30 & 13:30

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Event contact over the festival: Amanda Roberts.

Website

re-dock.org/

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Knutsford The Perfect Putt: Artificial Intelligence meets Golf

© The Mere Golf Resort & Spa - Joe Gates Director of Golf© The Mere Golf Resort & Spa - The Mere EntranceThe Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6LJ

Achieving the perfect putt is every golfer’s dream. In a world where computers rule, it’s not surprising that there have been major advances with mathematics and computerisation being used to create golf simulators that can help golfers perfect their game. If you have ever wanted to know how a golf simulator can help to analyse your swing and shot, this masterclass event presented by The Mere Golf Resort and Spa – led by Joe Gates, Director of Golf and Oliver Barnes, Head Professional – will provide an expert insight and help you to pick up some invaluable tips along the way.

Opening Times

  • Friday 8 September: 10:00-12:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Email: reservations@themereresort.co.uk
Booking opens: 1 August 2017
Booking closes: 6 September 2017

Access

This event will last for two hours and booking is essential. There is ample free parking.

Additional information

The Mere Golf Resort and Spa is an award-winning hotel and leisure venue with an 18-hole Championship golf course.

Website

themereresort.co.uk/

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Knutsford ‘Money Markets and Mathematics’

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Brook Street Chapel, Adams Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY

Mathematicians and academic statisticians are now vital to money markets, trading, economic forecasting and investment. In fact, advanced computerisation and algorithms have been changing the world of finance and investment since the 1970s.

This absorbing presentation by Tilney, a financial planning and investment company with a heritage of more than 180 years, will be a fascinating insight into money markets and the unexpected ways in which the legacy of Alan Turing, as the father of theoretical computer science, has transformed how money works for us all.

The venue is Brook Street Chapel, a Grade I heritage site and the presenters are Martin Hack, Tom Hunt and Marcel Porcheron from Tilney.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 7 September: Talk 1600-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

A lift in the chapel hall goes from ground level to the first floor exhibition. A level path leads to the chapel. Cars can park outside Adams Hill entrance so that disabled passengers can alight.

Website

www.tilney.co.uk

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Knutsford The Weaver Valley WI Choir perform at Tabley House

© Choir - Knutsford PromenadesTabley House Collection, Tabley Lane, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HB

Formed in 2003 as a result of amalgamation, The Choir now has more than 80 members from more than 20 different WIs in Cheshire.

This very popular Choir has recorded three CDs, raised thousands of pounds for charity, and performed on TV and at many major concerts – including singing ‘Jerusalem’ for the BBC documentary on Calendar Girls, ‘Ten Years On’.

The repertoire covers all styles of singing, including secular and sacred works, and for this performance they have chosen to feature a selection of songs from the 1940s and 1950s to link with the WW2 era. There is plenty of opportunity for audience participation and they will raise the roof!

The Musical Director is Joyce Kirkpatrick, a talented singer and musician and President of Pickmere & District WI; the Accompanist is Alan Woodcock.

This performance will take place in the grounds of the Tabley House Collection, by the beautiful St Peter’s Chapel which recently featured as the location for Tommy and Grace Shelby’s wedding in the hit TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’.

The tea shop will be serving WW2-style packed lunches!

Opening Times

  • Saturday 9 September: Performance 13:30 & 14:30

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

There is a tea shop which will be serving WW2-style packed lunches! Visitors can also see the Grade i building which houses the Tabley House collection and some fine examples of furniture, paintings (including a Turner), books and waistcoats.

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Knutsford Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder reads the Quarter Sessions records

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The Courthouse Hotel, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PB

Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder is the star of the popular TV shows ‘Judge Rinder’ and ‘Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories’. He is the author of ‘Rinder’s Rules: Make the Law Work for You’ but is perhaps best known for being a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016, where his hugely entertaining appearances won him a legion of fans.

He read Modern History and Politics at The University of Manchester (where he first met his long-time friend Benedict Cumberbatch) before pursuing a legal career. He specialised in financial crime and worked on some high-profile cases but now is best known for his TV work and appearances.

Interestingly, Alan Turing also worked at The University of Manchester and Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed the genius in the film ‘The Imitation Game’.

This is a one-off opportunity to listen to Robert read aloud from the Quarter Sessions records of the 1952 case Regina v Turing and Murray, in the actual courtroom where the trial took place.

Opening Times

  • Friday 8 September: 17:45-18:00

Booking Details

No booking required

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Knutsford Moor Art

© Emma Williams - Sunflowers  © Emma W - Moor Art

The Moor, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6JD

Moor Art Knutsford is an exciting ‘Art on the Railings’ event put on especially for Knutsford Heritage Open Days. As a truly immersive outdoor experience led by artist Emma Williams, it will combine the heritage of the ancient Moor with green spaces and art. Paintings of sunflowers in honour of Alan Turing will feature amongst the artworks that will be created and displayed on the railings. Anyone can join in as it’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 10 September: 11:00-17:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

This is an outdoor event; visitors should wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Additional information

The Moor is a beautiful, ancient green space that is part of Knutsford’s heritage. There is an excellent children’s play area, a pay and display car park, and shops and cafes are a very short walk away.

Event contact over the festival: Emma Williams.

Website

www.emmawilliamsart.com/

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Knutsford Jonathan Swinton: ‘Life, You Will Lose a Lover When I Die’

© Jonathan SwintonThe Courthouse Hotel, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PB

In 1952, local character witness Max Newman told the Knutsford Sessions House that Alan Turing was not just a friend but a frequent visitor to his Bowdon house. Later it was Max’s wife Lyn who saw the biography written by Alan’s mother into print. How did Lyn and Max Newman come to play such a close role in Turing’s life? Jonathan Swinton and Emma Anderson will tell the story of that friendship.

Alan Turing is just one of the voices in this event that weaves together lives and loves across thirty years. Based on letters and diaries, with tales of transatlantic affairs, bitter marriages and sugar daddies, free sex and lovers of indeterminate nationality, this richly illustrated performance portrays the friends and lovers of Lyn Newman and her friend Molly Harrower, with readings from newly uncovered post-trial letters of Alan Turing, but also glimpses of Virginia Woolf and Sigmund Freud, John Maynard Keynes and Altrincham Market.

Life You Will Lose a Lover When I Die is a specially commissioned site-specific version of a show premiered at The Portico Manchester in June 2017.

Opening Times

  • Friday 8 September: 15:15-16:45, with interval

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

There will be a short interval. This event forms part of the ‘Salon’. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in good time before the event in order to enjoy the full performance.

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Knutsford Giovanni’s

© Knutsford Promenades - Don Giovanni phone boxGiovanni’s, 125A King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6EH

Originally Knutsford’s main post office, the building now houses Giovanni’s restaurant on the ground floor and offices and a flat above.

Once owned by Richard Harding Watt, the man who transformed the townscape of Knutsford with a series of eccentric buildings, he intended to move the post office into a more central location in the town. However his plans were met with indifference by the town council so he contented himself with adding a sundial in 1908, and balcony.

Two type K6 telephone kiosks designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 stand outside the building which remained the town’s main post office until the 1990s.These are Grade II listed.

Enjoy a self-guided visit and take a selfie from the telephone kiosks!

Opening Times

  • Thursday 7 September: 1200-2300
  • Friday 8 September: 1200-2300
  • Saturday 9 September: 1200-2300
  • Sunday 10 September: 1200-2300

Booking Details

No booking required

Website

www.giovannis-knutsford.co.uk/

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Knutsford Enigma Demonstrations in The Courthouse

© Enigma Hut - Enigma HutThe Courthouse Hotel, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PB

Paul Brougham runs The Enigma Hut, a specialist Enigma reproduction company that supplies WW2 historians, collectors; cypher enthusiasts; museums and Higher Education with high-quality replica Enigma machines for display and demonstration.

His painstaking research and hand-made production processes have achieved truly unique replicas that can educate, replicate and fascinate in equal measures.

Paul will be demonstrating one of his beautifully made machines at this event, which will give visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the intricacies of the Enigma and why it was considered unbreakable – until Alan Turing cracked the code and changed the course of WW2 for the Allies.

This event will take place in The Courthouse Hotel, the site of Alan Turing’s trial in 1952.

© Enigma Hut - Enigma Hut

Opening Times

  • Friday 8 September: 11:00-14:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Website

enigmahut.co.uk/