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.
In modern times the main developments have been the construction nearby of Jodrell Bank radio telescope, in 1957, by Manchester University, and the quarrying of silica sand for use in glass making, abrasives and the steel industry.  The sand was left behind by a succession of retreating ice-age glaciers, the last one retreating just 10,000 or so years ago.  The main site for the buildings concerned with the silica sand quarrying is at Dingle Bank.
Curiously, there has been little or no new house building in the village in modern times.

See 'Our Locality' for more of Lower Withington's story.

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Coming up soon . . .

Saturday 27 Jul 10.00am
Open Art Exhibition, Biddulph
Saturday 27 Jul 7.30pm
Biddulph Male Voice Choir in concert
Sunday 4 Aug 10.45am
Lwr Withington service with picnic
Sunday 1 Sep 6.30pm
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