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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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Say it with Sunflowers to celebrate Turing’s legacy

Knutsford is gearing up for the annual Floral Walk displays to coincide with RHS Tatton which takes place from July 19 to 23.

And as part of the displays, residents and retailers alike are being asked to incorporate Sunflowers in their displays to tie-in with the upcoming Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival in September.

‘Turing and Technology’ is a key theme of this year’s KHODS, which will include many events linked with Turing’s trial in Knutsford and his legacy.

One of Turing’s less well-known contributions to science was morphogenesis and that the Fibonacci number series occurred in the petals and seedheads of sunflowers. This was proved by a global citizen research project called ‘Turing’s Sunflowers’ and the results were published only last year, decades
after Turing’s death.

Sarah Flannery, the founder of Knutsford Promenades, the team behind Knutsford Heritage Open Days, said: “It would be very fitting – and look wonderful – if the retailers included sunflowers as part of their display in some way.

“If they don’t want to put real sunflowers in their display, they could easily put imitation sunflowers separately somewhere in their window (and keep these in place up until KHODS in September) and for those that aren’t going to have any floral display, this would be a very inclusive option.

“It would be lovely to see the town become a sea of yellow as a way of welcoming visitors to the town and creating a lovely talking point over the summer months in the run-up to Knutsford Heritage Open Days.”

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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.

Keep checking the website and social media for more news.

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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!”

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Canute’s Crossing features in Danish Embassy newsletter

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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

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Some of the tweets about Knutsford Heritage Open Days

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‘Thousand thanks’ to everyone involved in Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival

Danish Consul Christian Wewer
Danish Consul Christian Wewer

‘Tusind tak’ to the organisers, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and everyone who visited the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival.

That’s the message from Christian Wewer, the Honorary Consul for Denmark, who took part in Canute’s Crossing.

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

“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!”

The Consul was welcomed by Cllr Olivia Hunter, the Mayor of Cheshire East.

“I thought it was a great day and very entertaining,” said Cllr Hunter.

“It obviously took an awful lot of time and work to organise and was ultimately very successful – I enjoyed it very much, as I am sure did everyone else.”

Cheshire East Mayor Cllr Olivia Hunter with her husband and consort Philp
Cheshire East Mayor Cllr Olivia Hunter with her husband and consort Philp

Canute’s Crossing was just one of the 34 sites and events which formed the Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival organised by Sarah Flannery and Julie Tempest of the Knutsford Promenades Community Association.

“We couldn’t have staged the festival without the support of our amazing business sponsors and a community grant from Cheshire East Council,” said Julie.

One main sponsor was Bruntwood. “We were really proud to be part of Knutsford’s Heritage Open Days and thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to invite members of the public into Booths Hall,” said marketing manager Emma Cartledge.

“It was a great chance for the community to see a part of Knutsford’s heritage that they wouldn’t usually have access to and it’s fantastic to see how well received the overall event was.”

Vintage Rolls-Royce cars assemble outside the new Court House Hotel
Vintage Rolls-Royce cars assemble outside the new Court House Hotel

Peter Heywood of the Court House Hotel sponsored the event and opened the former Crown Court building on Toft Road to visitors.

“”We had more than 500 people visit over the four days, many of whom were interested in hearing about our plans for the conversion of the building into a Hotel,” said Peter. “We were very pleased to sponsor an event which brought so many people into the town to discover its wonderful heritage.”

Cheshire East visitor economy manager Richard Milkins said festivals like Heritage Open Days are very important to the local community because they open people’s eyes to what’s on their doorstep.

“From the visitor economy point of view, they bring people in from outside the area who don’t know about Knutsford,” said Richard. “Hopefully they will be visitors who come back time and time again.”

People of all ages, from school children to Age UK Cheshire East, took part in the festival.

“The community engagement was enormous right across the borough” said Sarah. “With our marketing and PR and working with Heritage Open Days nationally, we really put the town on the national and international stage.”

 

Knutsford Guardian coverage, Wednesday 21 September.
Knutsford Guardian coverage, Wednesday 21 September.