One might think from Knutsford’s name that, like the other Mid-Cheshire towns of Middlewich, Northwich and Winsford, it is built around a river. However the River Lily, the alleged fording of which by King Cnut gave the town its name, is in reality just a small stream. Knutsford is just five miles from Manchester Airport and is well served by the motorway network, although this can prove to be a disadvantage as problems on the M6 or M56 can lead to very heavy traffic through and around the town. Knutsford railway station has regular services to Chester and Manchester (via the Metro service from Altrincham).
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After World War II Knutsford became the site of overspill estates to house people moving from Manchester. The town is recognised as being one of the most expensive areas in the North of England to purchase property in, although there is a wide variety of housing stock.
Unlike many towns, Knutsford’s retail provision is not reliant on large chain stores. There are many small independent shops in the town centre, as well as restaurants and other eateries, and a small indoor market hall.
The largest employer by far in the Knutsford area is Barclays, whose Radbroke Hall site houses several thousand staff. There are two business parks in Knutsford. Knutsford Business Park and Booths Park Business Park between them provide a wide range of business accommodation in a variety of settings. In addition Knutsford is home to Parkgate Industrial Estate.
Knutsford has five primary schools and one secondary school which is unfortunately an academy.
The nearby village of Tabley is home to the annual Cheshire Show, and Knutsford May is also a very well known event locally. Tatton Park, just a few miles from Knutsford, holds the RHS Flower Show each year.
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