Knutsford in 1837
Knutsford, situated on the great road from London to Liverpool, is 172 miles north-west by north from London ; the population is 3,040. The market-day is Saturday. The name is said to be derived from Canute, the Dane, who passed with his army over the small branch of the Bollin, which runs past the town. The town is in the hundred Bucklow, and is divided into Higher and Lower Knutsford by a branch of the river Bollin, which rises about half a mile to the south, and passing the turnpike road falls into Tatton mere. In Lower or Nether Knutsford there are a spacious county prison, a handsome town-hall, and the market-place. Knutsford was formerly part of the parish of Rostherne, but was made a distinct parish 1741. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, of the annual value of £225. The church is built of brick and stone, with a square tower. Dissenters have three meeting-houses and two charity schools. Thread, worsted, and leather are the principal manufactures. Races are held every July near the town.