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Hunt is on for Old Town Guides

Deputy Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner

Deputy Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner

Knutsfordians will be able to see the town’s past delights on the worldwide web after a surprising find at the town council offices.

Adam Keppel-Garner, the town centre manager, found a collection of Knutsford Town Guides, most dating back to the early 1950s, while tidying part of the Toft Road offices.

Adam started by reviewing the most recently-produced guides, which led him to search for the complete set. He found a collection of old Town Guides in the clerk’s office, the earliest of which went back to the early 1920s, but they were not all there. He has now been asked to look at the options for producing an updated version and making the old guides available on the internet.

Adam has found an edition from 1922, but said he wasn’t sure if they were earlier copies.

“Mary Gracie at the Heritage Centre got in touch saying she had the 19th edition which wasn’t in the council offices,” he said. “She also put me through to speak to the heritage centre which had a collection. I went down to the centre and have borrowed the 1929 town guide, the 1930 guide and another guide which isn’t dated and has no cover.

“They also had a copy of the 1912 Knutsford Almanac which is similar to the town guides.” He said he had taken a trip to the library, where he found a copy of the 1926/7 edition, but was hoping to find earlier editions – with a little bit of help from Guardian readers.

If residents have one before 1922 or anything between 1922 and 1926, from 1928 or from between 1930 and 1934 please contact the town council on 01565 653929.

Adam is also looking for editions before 1934 and 1937 and 1938 and 1946, and said he would be scanning the town guides and making them available online soon. You can contact Adam on 01565 653 929 or

Story and Photographs courtesy of he Knutsford Guardian:

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