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The Unveiling of the Jubilee Arch

The Unveiling of the Jubilee Arch

Knutsford unveiled its lasting tribute to the diamond jubilee of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Friday 23rd November with the opening of the Jubilee Arch. The archway was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs and the ceremony was attended by members of the public and councillors.

Town Mayor Vivien Davies said “it was with great pleasure that we welcomed the Lord Lieutenant to open our Jubilee Arch. We understand that we were one of the few towns to erect a lasting tribute in memory of the Queen’s Jubilee, and are incredibly proud to be doing so.”

The Arch was designed by local artist Christine Wilcox-Baker “I feel very honoured to have been commissioned to create this piece of work for Knutsford, having lived here for several years before moving to Pickmere. The brief was to make the archway celebratory for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but also relevant to Knutsford.”

Christine carried out some research and chose to feature two horses on the arch – depicting the Queen’s love for horses and referencing to the race course which was historically on the Heath and the horses used in the Royal May Day parade. “Also included are diamonds and bunting, many of which we have seen all around Knutsford this year – six of each can be viewed from either side of the archway, one for each decade. Working with such gifted craftsmen as Dave Broadbent and his team, has been very special as has working with Cllr Jan Nicholson and the Town Council.”

The arch was funded through generous donations from Crown Estates and Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund, and the project was overseen by the Town Council’s Environment Committee. Wendy Sinfield the Community Relations Manager at Manchester Airport said “We hope that the archway to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will become a landmark for the community of Knutsford and become a legacy in the area for years to come.

Town Mayor, Vivien Davies added “We would like to thank the generous donations from Crown Estates and Manchester Airport who funded the Arch and we were very pleased to have Steve Melligan from Crown Estates who had travelled up from Southampton just to be with us on the day.”

“The Town Council hopes that everyone appreciates the work of everyone involved in the project, and we hope that all will enjoy seeing the Arch as they walk to the Library.”

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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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