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Alderley Edge, Chapel Road c.1955

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Caption for Alderley Edge, Chapel Road c1955

However, all this changed with the coming of the railways. Within 20 years, well-to-do commuter communities had sprung up along the lines; indeed, Alderley Edge village itself did not exist before the trains came - it is a Victorian creation dating from 10 May 1842, when the station opened. Other villages, such as Wilmslow and Prestbury, expanded to become the places they are today. Yet, as one travels around, one meets pockets of very old landscape, and some places still exert the same fascination as they did hundreds of years ago. Lindow Moss, the peat bog shared between Wilmslow and Mobberley, is still in places the mysterious half-land half-water landscape where two thousand years ago a Celtic tribe sought to appease the gods and keep the Romans at bay by sacrificing one of the best of their warriors. Lindow Man reappeared in 1984, but he was not the first bog body to emerge out of the moss. A few years before, another head had been found, and so well preserved was it that the police treated it at first as a murder enquiry, and indeed arrested a man whose wife had recently disappeared. Faced with what he thought was the discovery of her body, he confessed and was convicted of murder. Such bizarre episodes testify to the fact that this seemingly respectable landscape of well-to- do businessmen (together with the odd footballer and his wife) has a number of quirks. There are others. The flat landscape of Mobberley bred one of our country`s most famous mountaineers, George Leigh Mallory. Beside the A34 in Nether Alderley is the grave of the third Lord Stanley, buried apart from the rest of his relations as he was a Muslim. Up on the Edge is the oldest-dated copper mine in England, and evidence that the Romans were looking for lead as soon as they conquered this part of the world, proof indeed that the sacrifices in nearby Lindow were in vain. As befits a landscape with such a deep heritage, the National Trust has considerable parts of the area under its care, notably Alderley Edge, and Styal with its Mill, accompanying village and walks in the woods along the Bollin. Elsewhere concerned residents do their best to make sure that this landscape remains as unspoiled as possible, although the nearby Manchester Airport makes it clear that modern life cannot be kept completely at bay.

Memories of Alderley Edge

Childhood Memories

I lived in Alderley Edge as a child between 1947 and 1955. I remember going for walks on the Edge, and being told about a legend that Merlin and King Arthur and his knights were sleeping inside a cave there, waiting to be summoned to help if England needed them. There were some sand hills, on the top of the Edge I ...Read full memory

Stormy Point

Stormy Point was a very popular destination for cavers and for those seeking the wide-ranging views over the Cheshire plain but without the crowds that came to Castle Rock, particularly on a Sunday. My vivid memory of Stormy Point comes from about the same year as the photograph, when there was giant bonfire and fireworks ...Read full memory

Croston Towers

I have long sought information about one of the great Victorian villas of Alderley Edge, the house named Croston Towers in the centre of the large plot bounded by Woodbrook Road, Tempest Road and Macclesfield Road. My earlier article named 'Life on the Edge' gives some of the background to my search. And at long last I ...Read full memory

Childhood Memories

To this very day my memories of my childhood remain happy ones. For many reason really, in the 1970s the village was a fantastic place to live. We lived on Dukes Meadow just behind the Drum and Monkey. Everywhere was reachable by foot or bike, school, church, tennis club, shops, cubs, it was a wondeful and safe place ...Read full memory

A memory of Alderley Edge by J R Lyons

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