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Caption for Alderley Edge, The Holy Well 1896: In medieval times each holy well was believed to be protected by a saint, and many were named accordingly, e.g. St Anne's Well. The revenues from these wells could be substantial; the faithful had to pay to take the waters. During the Dissolution they were closed on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, Chief Minister to Henry VIII, in an attempt to destroy any cult following that might exist.

An extract from Cheshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Alderley Edge

This photo has troubled me for quite a long time. I spent my childhood in Alderley and the surrounding countryside and I feel this young boy is me. Unfortunately the date doesn't stack up, if it is me it would have been about 1965 and the girl was called Christine. Only she could verify! Thank you for your (...Read full memory)

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)

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 (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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