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Christleton over the years in Pictures


Photographic contributions mainly from Ernest Hall, Reg Morgan and David himself. Ernest Hall’s contribution of images of the Littleton Point to Point Races and Romany Families in the Village are particularly fine, and illustrate life in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was one of the first people in the village to use Kodachrome colour slide film, and as they were rarely viewed they are still in immaculate condition.


For many years Christleton had a history of successful boat building for the leisure industry. David starts the story in 1935 and relates how it grew and prospered thanks to Wain's Yard on Skip's Lane, Charlie Luxton's Yard on the other side of Rowton Bridge and Deans Marins on the banks of the canal.

Working Narrow Boats

Moving from Boat Building last month to Historic Working Boats this month David tells us about the Easter Festival at Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, the working boats that carried, cheese, wheat, barley coal and timber. Also featured are the very necessary work of canal repairs and dredging.


Back onto dry land this month and a visit to the business premises of Christleton past. Looking at some of the advertisements I could imagine that one could quite easily be able to get all the necessary goods and provisions without ever having to leave the village. I suppose this is true today in what would have been an unbelievable and very different way, but have we really progressed by losing that personal touch.


The start of a story that links the village of Christleton with Education. We are aware of the education establishments we have now but just how did it all start and then evolve over the years.

Education Part 2

The story of education in the village continues to the present time with a detailed illustrated look at Christleton High School

Maypole Dancing

English village life is full of traditions and surely one that can always bring a feeling of Spring and happiness is Maypole Dancing. Enjoy how Christleton embraced the custom by reading the July edition of Christleton in the Past

Early Fetes

The tradition for holding Village Fetes at Christleton seems to have evolved from the efforts of Rector Lionel Garnett to raise funds for the re building of the church in 1876/7. The church is built and over 150 years later the fete still lives on

Rose Queens

Following on from last month and the Village Fetes over the years we now get a chance to see the Rose Queens from past years.

Harvest Festivals

The earliest written records come from Christleton Parish Magazine of 1875, when every harvest was celebrated by the whole village.


It is now over 100 years since the end of World War I. A look at how the village of Christleton has remembered over the intervening years.


Christmas is such a special time of the year. For the young and for the old. St. James' Church has seen more Christmases than any of us. A time to reflect on it's past.


That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.

Edwin Way Teale

The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn

H. G. Wells
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Christleton over the years in Pictures

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