History of the Council

Annie Jayne Leigh Chairman of Knutsford Urban District Council 1924-1926 and 1928-1929

Annie Jayne Leigh
Chairman of Knutsford Urban District Council
1924-1926 and 1928-1929

Knutsford Town Council was formed in 1974, as part of the changes brought into effect by the Local Government Act of 1972. This saw the end of the Knutsford Urban District Council, which had governed Knutsford since 1895. The Town Council has always had offices in the Council Offices on Toft Road. This building was formerly the Prison Governor’s house, and was purchased by the Urban District Council. The offices are also home to the Council Chamber, where meetings were traditionally held; unfortunately due to accessibility issues the room is no longer used for meetings.

Knutsford Urban District Council

Knutsford Urban District Council were responsible for a large range of functions within the Town. The Council oversaw the construction of Tabley Road Cemetery and Chapel, the public Library and numerous Council Houses. The Council was also responsible for roads, sewerage and a range of other functions which are now under the jurisdiction of Cheshire East Council.

The Urban District Council first met on the 3rd of May 1895 at Egerton School, and duly elected the first Chairman of the Council, RC Longridge. The Urban District Council had offices in King Street, before moving into part of the newly constructed Kings Coffee House, which to this day bears the engraved name of the Council. The Kings Coffee House is still owned by Knutsford Town Council, and is now home to the Belle Époque.

Chairmen of Knutsford Urban District Council

1895-98 R Longridge 1938/39 E Thomas 1958-59 J Walley
1898-02 F Ashworth 1939-40 A Percy 1959-60 W Shaw
1902-09 L Bentley 1940-41 W Shaw 1960-61 J Bancroft
1909-20 J Cox 1941-42 E Waldron 1961-63 M Chorlton
1920-24 M Penn 1942-43 J Norbury 1963-64 J Gledhill
1924-26 A Leigh 1943-44 P Harwood 1964 J Kendrick
1926-28 F Wildgoose 1944-47 F Johnson 1964-65 J Walley
1928-30 A Leigh 1946-47 A Percy 1965-66 I Stevenson
1929-31 W Johnson 1947-49 F Floyd 1966-67 R Shepherd
1931-32 H Darlington 1949-50 A Percy 1967-68 G Butler
1932-33 W Fisher 1950-51 E Thomas 1968-69 H Fish
1933-34 F Jennings 1951-52 H Darlington 1969-70 M Chorlton
1934-35 H Stell 1952-54 A Hart 1970-71 G Whalley
1935-36 T Beswick 1954-55 F Floyd 1971-72 F Atkins
1936-37 S Cake 1955-57 T Meachin 1972-73 D Page
1937-38 G Mason 1957-58 J Gledhill 1973-74 H Glidewell

Knutsford Town Mayors

The title of Town Mayor was given to the first Chairman of the newly formed Town Council in 1974, as first citizen of Knutsford the Mayor represents the Town at a range of civic functions, and is invested with a chain of office.

1974/75 R Parr 1990/91 H Grange 2006/07 A Ranfield
1975/76 R Shepherd 1991/92 J Jordan 2007/08 J Nicholson
1976/77 W Walker 1992/93 J Holbrook 2008/09 J Holbrook
1977/78 J Walley 1993/94 B Austin 2009/10 L Want
1978/79 J Gledhill 1994/95 D Squirrel 2010/11 P Coan
1979/80 S O’Brien 1995/96 D Davies 2011/12 S Gardiner
1980/81 V Young 1996/97 J Holbrook 2012/13 V Davies
1981/82 M Page 1997/98 D Squirrel 2013/14 B Coan
1982/83 H Grange 1998/99 H Gates 2014/15 N Forbes
1983/84 A Mazzeo 1999/00 H Grange 2015/16 T Dean
1984/85 B Crossley 2000/01 J Holbrook 2016/17 J Nicholson
1985/86 B Phibbs 2001/02 G Walton 2017/18 N Forbes
1986/87 S Forbes 2002/03 A Ranfield
1987/88 K Fairhurst 2003/04 V Boston-Davies
1988/89 M Howarth 2004/05 B Austin
1989/90 M Page 2005/06 W Hamman

Edward Ashworth
Town Clerk
1895 – 1923

Town Clerks

1895-1923 Edward Ashworth
1923-1929 Harry Caldecutt
1929-1946 John Yates
1947-1977 Edward Morley
1977-1986 Eric Yeomans
1987-1997 Alan Jackson
1997-2003 Gay Martyniuk
2003-2008 Linda Thomas
2008-2011 Matthew Jackson
2011-2013 Steve McQuade
2014 – Adam Keppel-Green


The first Town Clerk was Edward Lewis Ashworth, who was appointed on May 14th 1895 with a salary of £40 per year. Edward Morley, who was Clerk for 30 years, was the Clerk to both the Urban District Council and the Town Council.