The pretty market town of Knutsford in Cheshire has, not surprisingly, caught the attention of filmmakers even back in the early 20th Century.
May Day Queen 1928
Every year Knutsford’s May Day celebrations include crowning the May Queen. In 1928, the silent newsreel captured the large street procession and the May Queen ceremony.
It’s surprising just how many costumed people are taking part.
Crowning The May Queen (1928): British Pathé (YouTube)
In the 1940s, British Pathé filmed the quiet streets of Knutsford, where pedestrians outnumbered the passing cars. Even back then the local historic buildings were appreciated for their quirkiness and beauty.
The first clip lasts just under a minute. We are told the market town is “one of the dormitories of Manchester”.
Knutsford Issue Title Is You Never Know You Know (1943): British Pathé (YouTube)
In this next short, half-minute clip, a poor young man trips as he comes into the camera frame.
Knutsford Village (1940-1949): British Pathé (YouTube)