Cheshire Landscape History

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The green and pleasant landscape of Cheshire may not be the most dramatic in the country, but there is no denying that it is extremely attractive. With its green fields, patchwork of ancient hedges and its scattering of black and white cows it is quintessentially English. The landscape is created not only by the underlying geology and the climate, but also by the people who have lived here for centuries.

On May 19th at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, the Cheshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is hosting a talk on "The Cheshire Gentry and How they Shaped the Landscape". The evening starts at 7.00pm and is free though refreshments can be ordered at the cost of £5 per person. There will be a brief AGM before the talk, but visitors do not have to be members to attend.

Some of the great Cheshire families can trace their ancestors back to the Norman Conquest. They include the Tollemaches, Wilbrahams, Cholmondeleys, Grosvenors, Crewes, and Delves — Broughtons and the decisions they took over the centuries have had a great impact on the landscape that we enjoy today. The lecture will be given by Doug Haynes who is a member of the Cheshire Local History Society.

For more information write to or contact CPRE Cheshire at Victoria Buildings, Lewin Street, Middlewitch, CW10 9AT — 01606 835046

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