About Lower Withington Village
The village is in the north of the Circuit area. It is tucked into the wedge formed by the A34 as it runs north from Congleton, and the A535 as it runs north from Holmes Chapel, to where they join at Alderley Edge.
The village featured in the Domesday Book. The owner of the manor from the 1360s was one of the Baskervyle family, whose ancestor had travelled with William the Conqeror's invasion force. From the late 1600s, the manor was owned by the Mainwaring family.
The Rose Day Parade
passing by the Methodist Church
One of the local roads just north of the village is known as Catchpenny Lane. It got its name in years gone by, when people trying to avoid the toll bar at Dingle Bank took to using this lane. In response, another toll bar was established on the lane, where a toll of one penny was charged to 'catch' the fare dodgers.
The village has a triangular village green, known locally as The Sandhole. It is used nowadays for pinics and for children to play on. In earlier times, horse racing took place there during the Wakes Week in November. Another Wakes tradition was the eating of 'frumenty', created by boiling a mixture of wheat and milk.
The Red Lion Inn
on the village green
Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope
just one mile away to the west
The village has an annual Rose Day with a parade and fair, including events such as sheep shearing, maypole dancing and duck-herding! For over 100 years there has also been an annual Gooseberry Show in July. In its earlier years the show was held in the Red Lion Inn on the green. The inn goes back to mediaeval times when it was used as a 'Moot House'. The idea of a 'moot' (cf. 'meet') dates from Anglo-Saxon times, when it was a gathering of key men (sic) to deliberate on matters of policy and administration.
See 'Our Locality' for more of Lower Withington's story.