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Knutsford Promenades Theme is Extrodinary Women

Article originally published in The Knutsford Guardian 15.7.2018

THE popular Knutsford Promenades festival, the multi-site event staged as part of Heritage Open Days, launches its programme for September at the RHS Show at Tatton Park.

“Our theme is Extraordinary Women, so we have also collaborated with Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership’s Amazing Women by Rail project,” said Sarah Flannery, chairman of Knutsford Promenades.

“This has opened up a rich opportunity for us to celebrate the women that Dame Jenni Murray DBE calls ‘our cultural powerhouse’ in the centenary year of the first group of women being given the right to vote.

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‘From Station to Station’: Marble Arch, Knutsford

Marble Arch Cottage, Marble Arch, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6HD

This is one of the most iconic buildings in Knutsford. The blue plaque outside proclaims ‘This was once a coaching inn, thought to have been known as The Mermaid. It then became The Angel before the inn’s removal to the opposite side of the street.’

It remained The Angel until about 1710: the mounting block can still be noted.

Fans of Mrs Gaskell will be interested to know that in ‘Cranford’, Lord Maulever stayed here while visiting Captain Brown whose own “humble household could not entertain such an august personage.”

It is a private home, so this is a special opportunity to enjoy a guided tour given by the owners themselves.

Opening Times

Sunday 9 September: Tours 1030-1115 & 1145-1230

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Email: knutsfordproms@gmail.com
Booking opens: 12 August 2018 10:00
Booking closes: 4 September 2018 17:00

Access

This is a private family home. Visitors should wear appropriate footwear (no heavy boots/stilettos). Pre-booking is essential. In the advent of adverse weather, the site visit may be cancelled. Access to first floor is via stairs only.

Additional Information

Max 12 people per tour/session. Max 10 people per tour/session. There is no parking on site.
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‘From Station to Station’: Knutsford Methodist Church

Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6BY

Knutsford Methodist Church is more than 152 years old and has a beautiful Rose window at the front of the worship area.

The founder of Methodism, Rev. John Wesley, preached in Knutsford on the 20th March 1738 from the steps of a house near the Royal George Hotel on King Street. These were moved and re-positioned outside the Church, so you can stand (or even speak!) from the very same steps.

Visitors will also be able to see a small exhibition about Gertrude Butler, a remarkable Knutsfordian who served as a nurse in the First World War. Her contribution is recorded on the war memorial and this display describes the work she would have done.

Opening Times

Saturday 8 September: 1000-1400

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

A disabled car parking space is available in the rear car park. A lift is available if visitors would like to view the whole building.

Additional Information

Disabled car parking space is available in the rear car park. A lift is available if visitors would like to view the whole building.
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Knutsford Promenades: The Alison Uttley Collection Encounter at John Rylands Library Manchester

John Rylands University Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EH

A rare opportunity to explore highlights from Alison Uttley’s remarkable archive, within a building of breath-taking beauty.

Alison Uttley was the second woman ever to graduate from The University of Manchester, with an honours degree in Physics in 1906, and a blue plaque is displayed in her honour at the University.

The Alison Uttley Archive is held at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library on Deansgate. It includes an extraordinary set of Uttley’s diaries, spanning the period from the 1930s to the 1970s, which document her life and times in incredible detail. The Collection Encounter will also include a selection of her correspondence and copies of her works, in manuscript and typescript formats.

Aliso Uttley once lived in Knutsford and is being celebrated as part of Knutsford Promenades’ ‘From Station to Station’ celebration of Amazing Women. A grande dame of British literature, she was the author of more than a hundred books, the best known of which are her country novels and her many books for children. This event is an outstanding opportunity to discover more about this complex and extraordinary woman.

Uttley herself was the subject of a fascinating biography written by Professor Denis Judd based, in large part, on her diaries.

Opening Times

Thursday 13 September: 1500-1630

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

There is no parking at the Library, due to its location. Entrance to the Library is through a modern extension that links to the Historic building and is fully accessible with level access. There is a power-assisted entrance door to the left of the revolving door, operated by a push button. Please be careful, the floor is slate and can be slippery in wet weather. Mats are used to keep the floor dry. There are portable folding stools available in the Atrium which you can take with you as you explore the Library. There is one accessible toilet in the basement of the modern building.

Additional Information

Alison Uttley’s novel ‘A Traveller in Time’ provided the creative inspiration for ‘from Station to Station’, the play about Alison Uttley and Elizabeth Gaskell specially commissioned by Knutsford Promenades that is being performed during HODs. The University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library is one of the world’s great libraries, housing an astonishing array of rare books, manuscripts, archives and visual materials. It is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building which was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands and opened to the public in 1900. Contact for the day: John Hodgson
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www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/
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Knutsford Promenades: A fresh look at Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE RA at Macclesfield Library

Cheshire East Council, Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EE

Visit Macclesfield Library to discover more about local artist Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, the internationally renowned naturalistic painter of British birds and other wildlife.

Charles Tunnicliffe is well known for his beautiful studies of birds created later in his life. However, less is known about his early career and his commercial art for companies such as Brooke Bond Tea and Shell petrol. He also worked extensively with ‘Extraordinary Women’ writer Alison Uttley – famous for her essays on nature and her books for children such as the ‘Little Grey Rabbit’ series – providing the illustrations for seventeen of her country books such as ‘Ambush of Young Days’ and ‘The Country Child’.

Tunnicliffe was born in Sutton, Langley, just outside Macclesfield, and showed a talent for art at an early age. He used his home on the farm in Sutton as inspiration for his art. Thanks to a collaboration with The Charles Tunnicliffe Society, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies and Knutsford Promenades, visitors can see examples of his work at this exhibition in Macclesfield Library. Some of these pieces have never been on exhibition before, so this is a real treat for local people and art-lovers alike.

Visitors can also handle some of Tunnicliffe’s art in the form of books, tea cards and greeting cards, all carefully crafted as etchings, paintings and adverts, at the ‘Art for All’ station.

Opening Times

Thursday 13 September: 0900 – 1900
Friday 14 September: 0900 – 1700
Saturday 15 September: 0900 – 1300

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional Information

www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk
www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/libraries/nearest_library/macclesfield_library/macclesfield_library.aspx
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Knutsford Promenades presents ‘From Station to Station’ performed on a train!

Image credit: Lemondrop Creative

Chester train station, Chester, Cheshire

Travel through time, imagination and Cheshire when ‘From Station to Station’ is performed on a train from Chester to Manchester bringing Elizabeth Gaskell and Alison Uttley – and those who influenced them – to life along the line that connects them.

‘From Station to Station’ is specially commissioned by Knutsford Promenades. It features Elizabeth Gaskell and Alison Uttley: two strong, independent and innovative women who, in their own times, challenged the traditional expectations of society, in their own ways. They were fervent believers in Women’s Rights.

Whilst Mrs Gaskell inhabited the nineteenth century and Alison Uttley mostly the twentieth century, this performance sees them ‘meeting’ in the modern world through a literary “time slip” – a device used by Alison Uttley herself in her novel ‘A Traveller in Time’. Thanks to a collaboration with Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership’s ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ project, the influences of other notable women from Chester to Manchester are woven into the lives and views of the two women. From Station to Station uses community theatre to highlight their achievements and legacy. The props have been specially made at community workshops in Northwich, Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport.

Please note that there will also be a performance at Manchester Piccadilly on the same day, at 1pm.

Opening Times

Thursday 13 September: 1102 train

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

The train service is the normal 1102 service from Chester to Manchester. Standard rail fares will apply.

Additional Information

Train journey from Chester to Manchester takes approx.1 hour and 30 minutes Standard rail fare applies. Contact for the day: Sally Buttifant 07736 523863
www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk
www.amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk/
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Directions

The train departs from Chester train station at 1102 on Thursday 13 September calling at key towns Northwich, Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport and arrives at Manchester Piccadilly.

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Knutsford Promenades presents ‘From Station to Station’ at Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester Piccadilly train station, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7RA

Mrs Gaskell and Alison Uttley ‘meet’ in the modern world: experience a journey through time and imagination when Knutsford Promenades performs ‘From Station to Station’ at Manchester Piccadilly train station.

‘From Station to Station’ is specially commissioned by Knutsford Promenades. It features Elizabeth Gaskell and Alison Uttley: two strong, independent and innovative women who, in their own times, challenged the traditional expectations of society, in their own ways. They were fervent believers in Women’s Rights.

Whilst Mrs Gaskell inhabited the nineteenth century and Alison Uttley mostly the twentieth century, this performance sees them meeting in the modern world through a literary ‘time slip’ – a device used by Alison Uttley herself in her novel ‘A Traveller in Time’. Thanks to a collaboration with Mid-Cheshire Community Rail Partnership’s ‘Amazing Women by Rail’ project, the influences of other notable women along the Chester to Manchester line are woven into the lives and views of the two women. From Station to Station uses promenading community theatre to bring Gaskell and Uttley’s achievements and legacy to life.

The props used for the performance have been made at a series of community workshops held at key towns along the Mid-Cheshire Line, including Northwich, Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport, to symbolise the women and reflect the towns where they lived.

Opening Times

Thursday 13 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional Information

Manchester Piccadilly is Manchester’s principal railway station. ‘From Station to Station’ will be performed on the main concourse. Contact for the day:Sally Buttifant, 07736 523863
www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk
www.amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk/
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Knutsford Brook Street Heritage Site

Brook Street, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY

Brook Street Chapel is a Grade I heritage site. Elizabeth Gaskell, husband William and two daughters are buried in the graveyard. Costumed talks, tours and readings will be taking place and artefacts from the Whitfield Collection will be displayed.

Brook Street Heritage site comprises a Grade I listed Chapel built in 1687 – Knutsford’s oldest place of worship – and exhibition rooms featuring Elizabeth Gaskell’s early years in Knutsford; how they influenced her writing and her relationship with the families from the stately homes of Cheshire including Tabley House and Tatton Park. The Gaskell room is set out as an early Victorian parlour with artefacts, costumes, books and information boards and a Dolls’ House representing Elizabeth’s home with her Aunt Lumb in Knutsford. The Chalice Room has information on the history of the chapel and a brief history of Unitarianism. There are also examples of famous Unitarians. The graves of Elizabeth and William Gaskell and two daughters are in the graveyard amid other well-known people. Lovely tranquil gardens. Talks, tours and costumed Gaskell readings will be taking place during opening hours and a video about the life of Elizabeth Gaskell can be viewed.

On Sunday 9 September, from 11am until noon, there will be a special Elizabeth Gaskell-themed service in the Chapel.

Opening Times

Thursday 6 September: 1100-1530
Friday 7 September: 1100-1530
Saturday 8 September: 1100-1530
Sunday 9 September: 1100-1300

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.

Additional Information

Artefacts from the Whitfield Collection, Elizabeth Gaskell’s private collection, will be on display. On Sunday 9 September, there will be a special Elizabeth Gaskell-themed service in the Chapel from 11am until noon.
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Directions

Brook Street Heritage Site is midway down Adams Hill, opposite Knutsford Railway station. At the bottom of the hill is an Aldi supermarket; at the top of hill are traffic lights and beyond them, Booths Supermarket.

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From Station to Station’: Knutsford Hollingford House (Arthur Lee Interiors)

Arthur Lee Furniture, Hollingford House, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PD

Hollingford House, as it was known, was the home of Elizabeth Gaskell’s uncle, Dr Peter Holland and his daughters Lucy and Mary. Gaskell fans will enjoy the display about the house and its links with Elizabeth and ‘Cranford’.

This Georgian period town house, now Arthur Lee Interiors, was once the home of Elizabeth Gaskell’s uncle, Dr Peter Holland and his daughters Lucy and Mary who are thought to be models for the Miss Matty and Miss Jenkyns characters in Mrs Gaskell’s ‘Cranford’.

Built c.1760 on the site of an earlier dwelling it was originally known as ‘Church House’. Arthur Lee purchased the property in 1929. The property has been in the family’s ownership ever since.

A special exhibition of photographs and plans showing the history of Hollingwood House and its links to Elizabeth Gaskell will be on display.

Opening Times

Thursday 6 September: Display open 1000-1700
Friday 7 September: Display open 1000-1700
Saturday 8 September: Display open 1000-1700

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Ramp access from the drive into the property.

Additional Information

Http://www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk
www.arthurlee.co.uk

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‘From Station to Station’: The Whitfield Collection Talk

Unitarian Chapel, Adams Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8DY

Linda Clarke, archivist at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, leads this talk about Mrs Gaskell and how her famous biography of her friend Charlotte Brontë came about, supported by artefacts from the Collection.

This fascinating talk will include early copies of the biography, various letters to and from Patrick Brontë, and photographs.

The Whitfield Collection is Mrs Gaskell’s private collection of books, letters and cuttings and is usually housed at Knutsford Library. Many people will know Mrs Gaskell’s work from her novels, but it might be less well known that she was a close friend of Charlotte Brontë and wrote her biography at the request of Charlotte’s father Patrick. He was impressed by Mrs Gaskell’s honesty and style of writing. The biography ‘The Life of Charlotte Brontë’ was published in 1857, after Charlotte’s death.

Brook Street Heritage site comprises a Grade I listed Unitarian Chapel built 1687 – Knutsford’s oldest place of worship – and exhibition rooms featuring Elizabeth Gaskell’s early years in Knutsford. Elizabeth, her husband William Gaskell and two of their daughters are laid to rest in the graveyard.

Opening Times

Saturday 15 September: 2.30pm-3.30pm

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.

Additional Information

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies collects, protects and promotes interest in and the use of records and printed material relating to the historic county of Cheshire. Visitors will be interested to know that Elizabeth Gaskell attended this chapel every Sunday with her Aunt Lumb and when she got older became a Sunday School teacher.
www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk
brookstreetchapel.org
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Directions

Brook Street Heritage Site is midway down Adams Hill, opposite Knutsford Railway station. At the bottom of the hill is an Aldi supermarket; at the top of hill are traffic lights and beyond them, Booths Supermarket.

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