History is Zooming ahead.

Updated: May 4, 2021


Hope you are all well, and beginning to get out and about more.


We had a successful 1st History Group meeting on ZOOM in May. 10,000 years of Bling by the effervescent Mr John Wallace. His talk was certainly sparkling.



Lawrence & Mollie Pilkington with daughter Margaret standing.

Next meeting will be on Zoom, Monday 22nd June at 7pm. We welcome the return of Graham Dilliway , who has been researching the Pilkington Family who lived at Firwood on Woodbrook Road.

Graham who was born and bred in Alderley Edge ,now lives in Sussex has visited us in the past , and presented his research on the Schill family at Croston Towers and the Hopkinson family at The Ferns.

Graham recounts

'The Pilkingtons of Alderley Edge were one of the most privileged and influential families in the village. The family was related to the Pilkington glass dynasty but the family's industrial interests were in coal and pottery.


Arriving at Firwood (now The Cedars) in Woodbrook Road in 1906, the house was soon enlarged into a grand villa with billiard and ball rooms, and supported by a number of house and grounds staff. Lawrence Pilkington was a top-ranking climber in his youth with first ascents in Skye and the Alps to his credit. He was also Chairman of Salford Royal Hospital for 30 years.


The daughters, Dorothy and Margaret, became friends with Katharine Hopkinson at The Ferns and with Olive Schill at Croston Towers. Dorothy and Margaret never married but left a permanent mark on the village by the gift of Alderley Edge Woods to the National Trust and their charitable gifts included to Manchester University and the Whitworth Gallery'.


Here is the link for the ZOOM meeting, so please keep this newsletter on your computer. If you would like to join but are unsure about Zoom, please contact me 07771752816.


To join please click on the link below in blue , or join zoom and put in the meeting ID and Password below.

Topic: AHG Zoom Meeting 22nd June 2020 7 pm.


Time: Jun 22, 2020 19:00 London


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89078163249?pwd=Rm91enc3VXpjNTgzRzV2TWhTUlRIdz09


Meeting ID: 890 7816 3249

Password: 815389


the 1st Zoom History Group meeting.


Our field trip in July will be postponed , we were hoping to go to Tabley House after Clare's enticing talk in February at our AGM. We will reschedule as soon as possible. Also our September and October meetings I will update nearer the time and lets hope by December we can celebrate with our Christmas Social. I think we will all deserve it by then!


Self Isolating Field Trip

Radnor Mere up at Alderley Park is open to the public, so it worth a walk around the site and see all the new housing, walk in the woods which come out at Hocker Lane. (You can park in the carpark at the Mere . Use the first entrance from the village and then left after the security block .) A few years back George Hill took us on a guided tour and told us of the plans for housing and a hotel.


Our VE display of WWll photos and stories was well received on the history Face Book page , and started interesting conversations and memories.

Kris Coombes found a yearbook from1988 Cottage Hospital during a tidy up, a welcome addition to our archive. Thank you. It is displayed on the FB page.


Look forward to catching up on 22nd June.


Mandy Parr.



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