Knutsford: Tales of War is a 26-minute film that tells the story of Knutsford during World War II (1939-1945) as remembered by four Knutsfordians who lived through it.

The project was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and originally planned as part of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in 2020. Due to COVID, the project was delayed. Due to the passage of time since the war, only four Knutsfordians were able to be filmed as part of the documentary. Their personal stories form the core of the film, which is complemented to with archive footage of paratroopers training in Tatton Park (courtesy of the Imperial War Museum) and colour footage of Knutsford in 1944 (courtesy of the North West Film Archive at MMU).

The film was produced by 7Video and released on 17th April 2024.




Enid Leigh, Bill Cowburn, Tony Leadbeater and Edith Chadwick


Val Dawson


Sarah Ganzarski, Phil Benson, Justine Stevens and Val Dawson

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Archive Footage

The Tales of War film featured extracts from this incredible colour footage of Knutsford (c. 1942-5) courtesy of the North West Film Archive at MMU. It features a range of views across the town centre and shows everyday life during the war with people milling about town.