Welcome to the History of Antrobus website, which aims to bring together and share photos and stories about the village of Antrobus,  Cheshire.

If you have any photographs, memories or stories to contribute, or would like more information, please contact me at Clare.olver@gmail.com

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A Country Parish – Village History Group Exhibition 2019

Antrobus History Exhibition 2019

Plans are well advanced on our natural history study of Antrobus today and how it
has changed since Arnold Boyd documented his book “A Country Parish” in 1950.

All our displays will be in St. Mark’s Church, Antrobus, CW9 6JW from Friday 20th September to Monday 23rd September and the church will be open from 10-4pm each day.

The programme of events will be:

Friday 20th September

11am: Official opening by Reverend Alec Brown

Everyone is very welcome to this first opportunity to look round and there will be coffee and refreshments served.

2pm: “Medicines from the Antrobus hedgerow”. Talk by Helen Phillips Dip.Phyt., MSc., MNIMH, MCPP.

Talk will be followed by tea and cake. If visitors for the talk need to go to collect children from school at 3pm they are very welcome to bring children back for refreshments too.

Saturday 21st September

Exhibition open all day 10-4pm so come and have a look around after dropping off your entries at this year’s Village Show in the Village Hall.

2pm Talk on AW Boyd and his life by Dr. Clemency Fisher 

Sunday 22nd September

Exhibition open 10-4pm

10.30am – 11.30 : Special country service with Reverend Christina Westwell

All very welcome. Village tea room is open afterwards for refreshments.

2pm in Antrobus Methodist School Room: Talk by Dan Fox on  “The pleasures of keeping bees in Antrobus!”

Followed by tea and cake and  the opportunity to look round the chapel all decorated for the Harvest Festival service at 6.30 pm.

Monday 23rd September

Exhibition open from 10-4pm

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The Eatons of Cheshire

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A couple of years ago, completely out of the blue I received an email from a chap in Florida who had spent many years researching the ancestors of his family name, only to take a genealogical DNA test and discover he’d been barking up the wrong tree. And the family he should have been researching was the Eaton family from Cheshire. He discovered that around 1720 a Thomas Eaton from Stretton left the village and sailed across the Atlantic with his wife and young family.  They arrived in Talbot County, Maryland where Thomas died in 1748.  The family gradually spread out a bit further.

Back to Cheshire, work is on- going to find the parents of this Thomas Eaton from Stretton and a little more about him. From the DNA results we know he was connected to the wealthy Eaton family from the Pole in Antrobus, but with over 606 baptism entries just for Eatons in Great Budworth parish registers, not to mention the Quaker records, this is taking some time.

But the story doesn’t end there – that one e-mail opened up a whole new area of research and the discovery that folk all across the world have been undertaking really detailed and high quality research about the Eaton families in our own back yard. One of the reasons for that interest is a (yet to be discovered) relation of Thomas Eaton called Theophilus Eaton, son of the vicar of Great Budworth, who crossed the Atlantic some 17 years later and founded the New Haven Colony in what is now Connecticut.

Whether we can be absolutely certain we will find the parents of Thomas and how he fits into the yeoman family from Antrobus, only further research will tell but the journey we’re on is absolutely fascinating. So, it’s a real pleasure to be part of the Eaton Families Association, founded in 1882 Boston, Massachusetts and to connect with researchers around the globe who are interesting in finding bonds that join us together.

For those closer to home, the Eaton families stretched across Cheshire and beyond, and certainly not all of them closely related to those of the Pole. As part of this journey, it has opened up information about the other farms and settlements that the Eatons owned or farmed, right across the parish: from the  Eatons of Seven Oaks and Daisy Bank  Cottages to Shawbrook and Crowley.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch about any of the Eatons, please do drop me a line – I don’t have all the answers, but it’s fun to travel in hope.

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New Exhibition – The Natural History of Antrobus

from A Country Parish

Spurred on by our exhibition to commemorate the life of John Wilkinson last May, the Antrobus History Group are planning to look at the natural history of Antrobus in 2019.

We shall be using the wonderful book “A Country Parish” written by A W Boyd as our starting point. Major Boyd lived at Frandley House in Antrobus, and was a celebrated ornithologist and naturalist. He was a long time contributor to the Guardian’s “Country Diary.” We will compare the natural life of our village as he recorded it in 1951 with what we see around us today.

It will be a huge task and we would be very grateful for any help villagers are able to offer. We would particularly like to record the changes to :

  • bird life
  • wild flower
  • land use

And we are also trying to discover the oldest tree as part of a village tree survey.

Not only are we looking at natural history, but we are also interested in local customs, such as Soulcaking.

Please save the weekend of 21 and 22 September. It will be the Antrobus Village Weekend with an exhibition of our findings in St. Marks Church, together with the wonderful Village Show organised by our WI, in the village hall on the Saturday.

Thanks for all your support so far, and if you are interested please do get in touch directly or put your name down on the list in the shop.

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Four Lane Ends, Antrobus

antrobus four lane ends credit weaver hall museum

Whilst browsing the Cheshire Image Bank this previously unseen photograph of Antrobus appeared. So after a few e-mails and a request to acknowledge Weaver Hall Museum as the source, we now the chance to see the centre of Antrobus as it was over a hundred years ago. Quite when the picture was taken is still unclear, so if you can help to date it, please do get in touch.

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History Repeating itself?

Pole House

Pole House

Cogshall Hall

Cogshall Hall

Just before Christmas, The Pole in Antrobus came onto the market. At the same time, Cogshall Hall is also for sale. For many years the rivalry between the two estates played out in village life.

The now-named Old Pole in Knutsford Road was the original house of the Eaton family who lived there for generations, however in 1792 a new house was completed with exacting specifications from the late George Eaton. Meanwhile Cogshall Hall just over the border was also going through a make-over and in the 1790s Peter Jackson moved from Frandley Farm, Seven Oaks into a renovated Cogshall Hall where he died in 1803.

Not to be outdone by his neighbour at the Pole, the heir of Peter Jackson also had a change of birth name approved by the King. Three years after the death of Peter Jackson, Peter Shakerley his supposedly illegitimate son took his father’s surname after approval by the King:

The King has been graciously pleased to grant unto Peter Shackerly, of Cogshall-hall, in this county, Esq. His Royal Licence and Authority, that he and his Issue may take and use the surname and bear the arms of Jackson only, out of grateful and affectionate respect to the memory of Peter Jackson, late of Cogshall-hall aforesaid, Esq. deceased; such arms being first duly exemplified according to the laws of arms, and recorded in the Herald’s office.

Things got no better between the two estates when in December 1846 a public meeting was held to discuss where to build a new church in Antrobus. There were two proposals, one from Peter Jackson to build it on his land, and the other from George Eaton who wished it built on his land along Knutsford Road. According to reports the meeting became very heated and in the end the vote went against Peter Jackson, and construction of St Marks started the following year. Peter Jackson took his revenge by building a lodge on one of the sites of his proposed church, the plan of the lodge symbolically forming a cross.

Fast forward nearly 175 and the two estates are once again in competition – this time for a new owner…

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Remembrance Exhibition

It was an honour and pleasure to share our research in commemoration of those in Antrobus who gave their lives as a result of the First World War. The exhibition in the church told the story of the soldiers and their families, as well as those left behind who supported through their voluntary activities. Around the village you may have seen the large poppies which represented the lives of the eight men who died during the Great War. A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event behind the scenes and who came along over the weekend.

If you missed the exhibition or would like to know more, please see here. If you have stories or memories still to be told, please do get in touch.

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Remembrance Events November 2018


In this, the centenary year of Remembrance Sunday, members of the village will be organising several special events.

As part of this there will be a history exhibition displaying our research on those men who served in the forces, the women of the village who worked for the Red Cross and those who farmed here at that time to keep the country fed.

The exhibition in St. Mark’s Church will be open at the following times:
Friday 9th November 2-4pm
Saturday 10th November 2-4pm
Sunday 11th November 12-4pm
Monday 12th November 8.30-10.30am.
Refreshments available on each day.

Remembrance Sunday Services will be held at St. Mark’s 10.30 to 11.30am, and at Antrobus Methodist Service 6.30 to 7.30pm

To bring all the Remembrance Day events to a close a beacon will be lit at the
Village Hall. Refreshments will be available.

It is hoped that everyone in the village can take the opportunity to join in and commemorate all those who gave their lives and service for us.

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