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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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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The History of Antrobus in 10 Objects

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Many of you will have visited the exhibition of the objects and the displays explaining their significance in the development of Antrobus last October. The 2017 Village History Project group very much enjoyed their research and the exhibition. We were … Continue reading

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Antrobus Lad – Dambuster John Wilkinson

This weekend saw the village of Antrobus come together to commemorate the life of John Wilkinson who lost his life during the Dambusters Raid of 1943. A small group of volunteers came together, ably co-ordinated by Susan Sinagola, to put together a small exhibition that would not only celebrate John Wilkinson’s life but reflect the spirit of the time in a small Cheshire village. Research into the family life of John with recollections from his niece, together with family photographs brought the reality of war home. This was accompanied by details of the raids, a fantastic home corner complete with a weekly ration allowance and a summary of the Farm Survey of 1941.

Across the road in the church was a beautiful memorial in the Church for our Dambuster and all those who fell in WW2.  A copy of The Roll of Honour was displayed with the original in safe keeping at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester.

The weekend culminated on Sunday with a lunch catered by the village hall committee for 120 people, all prepared and cooked by a team of volunteers, with a fundraising raffle for the RAF Benevolent Fund.  Perhaps for many the most moving part of the weekend was the fly past of a Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The weather was perfect and the cheers from the crowd announced its arrival long before it appeared low  over the village hall. After circling the village three times as low as 500 ft, and with a cheery wave from the navigator, it fly off across the fields.

For once the Bank Holiday weather was perfect and the exhibition saw a steady stream of visitors on Monday afternoon for the family picnic and superb display of model aircraft. After a visit by Year 6 of Antrobus school on Tuesday the exhibition was dismantled, however the emotions and memories of the weekend will remain for a long time to come.

At the last count £1000 was raised towards the RAF Benevolent Fund.

See below for a slideshow of photos of the weekend – and  a big thank you to everyone who took part.

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