Wilmslow Historical Society

Wilmslow Historical Society seeks to draw together those who have an interest in history - especially of Wilmslow and its neighbourhood - and to create a congenial social ethos in which this common pursuit may be fostered. Founded in 1969, we boast a membership of 100+ people attending regular lectures on a broad range of historic subjects spanning millennia and including local, national and international topics.

The Society has a distinguished history of conducting research and publishing its work. Following on from our work on World War I which featured all 273 local casualties and appeared widely on local notice boards, websites and magazines, we published a booklet giving a more detailed profile of the 129 men whose names appear on the brass panels in St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow. We are still in the process of compiling an oral history of Wilmslow.

During the last year some of our members have been part of a team called "Turing Town" which seeks to publicise and commemorate the work of Alan Turing who lived in Wilmslow from 1950 to 1954. The team has arranged for an original portrait of Turing which now hangs in the Library and prints of which are displayed in various locations around the area. Other forms of commemoration are actively under discussion. We are also hoping to arrange some trips in the coming year now restrictions are reduced.

Annual subscription is £15. Visitors contribute £5, but there is no charge for students. Further information may be obtained by emailing: wilmslowhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

PROGRAMME FOR 2022 - 2023

Following tea/coffee and biscuits at 7.30 pm, lectures will start at 8.00 pm in The Large Hall, United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR.


History Trails:

“Sans Changer” – a walk through Stanley Country, Nether Alderley (recently revised) £1.00

Wilmslow Historic Trail (recently revised) £1.00

Saxon Site to Quaker Ground £0.50

Handforth Walk (A stroll round the south side of the village) £0.50

The Apprentice Walk – a walk from Styal to Wilmslow currently being revised

Mobberley Revisited – a walk through Mobberley Village currently being revised

Other Publications:

"The 129" £3.00

Pownall Hall and its Chapel of St Olaf £0.50

“Wear it for my Sake”: Clothes and Jewellery of our Ancestors £1.00

Church in the Field: Mobberley Quaker Graveyard and its History £1.00

Three Sundays in Wilmslow – 1851, 1861, 1871 £1.00

The Fourth Sunday in Wilmslow 1881 £1.00

Victorian Handforth £1.00

Handforth and Wilmslow Probate Records, Volume I pre-1600 £4.00

Handforth and Wilmslow Probate Records, Volume II 1600 – 1625 £10.00

1842 Tithe Maps of Wilmslow Old Parish: All 11 are A3 size, priced at £4.00 each and cover the four townships: Fulshaw, Chorley (East and West), Bollin Fee (South, East and West) and Pownall Fee (North, East, West Central and South).

The following are older publications available as photocopies only, at a price of £0.50 unless otherwise stated:

Wyches Farm and the Stanley Estate, Alderley, 1726 – 1997 (1998)

Peter Crosse of Willmeslowe, 1561(?) – 1621 (1997)

Oral History in Wilmslow (1995)

Mirrors of an Age: Wilmslow Wills, 1582 – 1640 (1994)

The Newton Family of Wilmslow (1993)

George Gissing at Lindow Grove School (1993)

Handforth Matters: Aspects of Parish Administration (1983)

Handforth National School (1983)

Dean Row Unitarian Chapel (1976)

A History of Fulshaw School 1876 – 1976 (1976)

Nether Alderley School (1976)

St Anne’s Church (1976)

A History of Norcliffe Chapel (1974)

“Cotton Town” – Bollington and the Swindells Family in the 19th century £1.00 (1973)

The Story of Wilmslow £1.50 (1971)

The Wilmslow of Yesterday (1970)