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Cheshire lies in north-western England and borders Wales to the west. In 1974 the southern border of neighbouring Lancashire was incorporated into the county.

Towns include the county seat of Chester where the most complete city walls dating from Roman Britain have survived.

Anglo-Saxons and Danes
Anglo-Saxon Kings
The son of Alfred the Great and King of Wessex Edward the Elder died in 924 at Farndon. He was buried at Winchester in Hampshire.

Monarchs buried at Winchester

Inventors and Scientists

The mathematician, computer pioneer and Engima code-breaker Alan Turing committed suicide in Wilmslow in 1954.

Alan Turing
Alan Turing
Alan Turing website

National Parks
In 1951 the Peak District became Britain's first National Park.

Nobel Prize Winners

The physicist James Chadwick was born in Macclesfield in 1891. In 1935 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the neutron.

James Chadwick

Physiology or Medicine
The biologist Tim Hunt was born as Richard Timothy Hunt in Neston in 1943. In 2001 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with the American Leland H. Hartwell and Paul M. Nurse for their research into the cell cycle.

Places of Interest

Cathedrals and Abbeys
Chester Cathedral

World Heritage Sites

Since 1945 Jodrell Bank has been the location of pioneering scientific research and is seen as the birthplace of radio astronomy. In 1957 the Lovell Telescope (then the largest and now the third largest in the world) began operating on the site. In 2019 Jodrell Bank was designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Writers and Poets
The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1832 at the parsonage at Daresbury, his home until he was 11 years of age.

Lewis Carroll
Poetry Archive
Lewis Carroll Society

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Through the Looking Glass (1872)

Elizabeth Gaskell was buried in 1865 at Knutsford where she had lived as a child and which she depicted in her novel Cranford.

Elizabeth Gaskell
Gaskell Society

I'll not listen to reason... Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
Cranford (1853)

Christopher Isherwood was born as Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood at Wybersley Hall in the village of High Lane near Disley in 1904. He wrote of his experiences in Berlin during the 1930s and in 1939 emigrated with W.H. Auden to America where they both became U.S. citizens in 1946.

Christopher Isherwood
With W.H. Auden and Stephen Spender
Christopher Isherwood Foundation

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.
Goodbye to Berlin (1939)

The author of Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry was born as Clarence Malcolm Lowry in Birkenhead in 1909.

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Cheshire Local History Association
Chester Archaeological Society
Chetham Society
Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire