Knutsford Heritage Centre
This reconstructed 17th-century timber-framed building is often referred to as ‘The Old Smithy’ as it used to be a blacksmiths. You will see a forge, anvil and a wonderfully preserved set of bellows here.
When the blacksmiths was no longer able to run as a business, the site was left to ruin, but in 1988 The Groundwork Trust invested £100,000 to renovate and develop the area into what is now the Heritage Centre.
There are three spectacular guided walking tours which start from the Heritage Centre.
Cranford: You can travel back in time and view the childhood home of Elizabeth Gaskell and see the homes of many real Knutsford characters that may have inspired the Cranford ladies.
People and Places: These tours take you on a journey around Knutsford, where you will discover some of its great historical characters. Learn about kings, highwaymen, architects and authors.
Knutsford Buildings North and South: two tours that cover some of the 100 listed buildings ranging from the 17th century to the present day.
You will also have the chance to see the ‘Knutsford Millennium Tapestry’ which was created between 1997 and 2001 to celebrate Knutsford in the Millennium year. This community projects details all walks of life in Knutsford and is the work of over 3,000 members of the local community. Each road, street and lane can be seen on the tapestry along with over 500 everyday scenes.
Working as an independent charity, The Heritage Centre continues to grow and develop to this day, always aiming to ‘protect, present and promote Knutsford’s rich and diverse heritage for the benefits of its residents and visitors’.
Opening Times: Summer, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm. Sunday 2pm – 4pm. Winter, Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm.
Costs: Admission to the centre is FREE and open all year round. Tours need to be booked in advance or every Friday at 2pm during the summer, simply turn up and go. Tours are £5 per person and group booking discount applies.
Photo Credits: © Copyright Knutsford Heritage Centre.
For further information please visit: http://www.knutsfordheritage.co.uk