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Jodrell Bank

The radio astronomy observatory of the University of Manchester, located near Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. It is home to the 76-meter (250-foot) Lovell Telescope (formerly known as the Mark IA), completed in 1957 under the direction of Bernard Lovell, the first director of the Observatory; this instrument was the first giant steerable radio telescope in the world and is still the third largest of its type. Jodrell Bank is also the operations center for the MERLIN (Multi-element Radio-linked Interferometer Network), a dedicated network of radio telescopes in the United Kingdom

Alderley Edge the legend

According to a local tradition, in the ground below the great outcrop of sandstone known as the 'Edge' there is a cave in which Arthur and his knights lie sleeping. The story goes that a farmer was on his way to market at the nearby town of Macclesfield when he was stopped by an old man who offered to buy the white horse he was planning to sell. Refusing the low offer, the farmer rode on. Despite much interest, no one bought the horse at the market. On the way back, the same mysterious man appeared and this time the farmer accepted the offer. Leading him to the hillside, the old man laid a hand on some rocks, which opened to reveal iron gates at an entrance into the hill. Within the hill, the astonished farmer saw the great king and his knights, together with their mounts, asleep in a vast cavern. The horse was for one of the knights, and the farmer received a bag of gold for it before he fled, hearing the gates clang shut behind him.

Prestbury village

Most of the properties in the village depict a way of life far removed from the present and a closer inspection shows the building methods of old along with the stone slab roofs and hand made bricks. Prestbury village centre is mainly unchanged with shops, public houses and restaurants now frequented by visitors.

The best known building in the village, the centre piece of the village high street is probably the Priest's House', which now houses a well known Bank. The house has a first floor balcony in the centre of the building, which it is said was where the men of cloth would preach to the assembled villagers during Cromwell's era.

The balcony was high enough to prevent the preacher from catching any contagious diseases from his flock during times of plague.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, upmarket, Lots of history
  • Cons:The Cheshire 'set' as they like to call themselves
  • In a nutshell:A beautiful place full of old world charm
  • Last visit to Cheshire: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2005 at 11:02 AM

    I need to explore more of my home surroundings too! I'm getting there - saw the telescope yesterday but didn't get as far as Alderley Ege

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2005 at 1:17 PM

    Another word for sneaker/trainer is tackie (South African word) Thx for the lovely tips Carl :) ~ Jen ~

  • Deus_ultima's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2005 at 1:10 PM

    Loved to go to the Cat and Fiddle on my CBR... BUT, the area also offers GREAT hiking! :D Nice start! :)

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2005 at 10:30 AM

    Nice to see places close to home here on VT, great info and nice pics

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2005 at 10:25 AM

    Nice pics and tips Carl. The Bells of Peover looks lovely - Marion x.


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