So What is Lymm’s  Heritage ?

We are about to embark on the detailed design of the Lymm Story that will form the core exhibition at the new Lymm Heritage centre.  Before we do that we would value your input. We have limited space in the centre itself ,though of course  we can also create on-line material  as well as walks, talks, trails and learning resources to take out into schools and other establishments.

We will use text, stories, sound, video, models, replicas, people  and  genuine artefacts ( where we have them)  to tell Lymm’s story. Maybe you would like to be part of the team that puts all this together ... Do get in touch 

So what’s important ?  What defines Lymm ?  What can we not leave out ?  What gets top priority ?

When you see the list you’ll see the challenge .. Please give us your thoughts.  Maybe there are others we have missed ..

Trades:

Slitting  Mill  - Lymm's earliest true "industry". It is still possible to imagine the mill in operation by visiting the restored site in Slitten Gorge near the village centre. 

Fustian Cutting – employed thousands over a period of almost 100 years  with buildings still visible in the village.  Child labour, appalling conditions, sometimes grinding poverty and hunger,  like so many  industries in Victorian times.

Gold Beating – employed hundreds – Wrights of Lymm is known over the world for its gold leaf which decorates hundreds of iconic buildings.

Salt – North Cheshire is synonymous with salt extraction.  Lymm was on the edge of the salt band.– There is a already a major museum at the old Lion Salt Works near Northwich .

Quarrying,  Basket Making, Farming, Heavy Horse Breeding

Transport :

Bridgewater Canal – Lymm was arguably the first village to have a canal driven though its heart at the start of the Industrial Revolution. The canal had a majoe effect on the development of the village.

Manchester Ship Canal – Lymm was on the route rather than a destrination except briefly for trippers and very occasional trade but there are  many local stories associated with its construction and the resulting impact on the village. 

The Railway – arguably re-shaped the social structure of the village bringing in a new middle class in the second half of the nineteenth century . It is transfomed today into the Trans-Pennine Trail: a tourism artery.

Turnpike Road: By taking the “high road” the turnpike preserved much of the character of the village centre whilst also creating Lymm's most well known beauty spot - Lymm Dam. 

Thelwall  Viaduct :  Heritage ? Well it’s over 50 years old now. It is in Lymm in spite of its name and it can bee seen as a towering symbol of the optimism of a new age of road transport connecting north with south as it crossed the old arteries of turnpike, canal, railway and Ship Canal.

Tradition:

May Queen : A great example of a living tradition that has moved with the times and survived for over 120 years.

Rushbearing:  An even older tradition, almost lost, but hanging on by a thread. Does it deserve a fuller revival ?

Soulcaking: not so widely known but the oldest tradition of all dating back nearly 1,000 years and still performed each year in pubs round Lymm by numerous local groups  Read more here.

Morris Dancing: Lymm has a long tradition and its own dance. Morris Dancing is still alive and well in the area.

And don’t forget ..

The Cross . The instantly recognisable symbol of Lymm for hundreds of years which has played host to centuries of village activities.

The Dinosaur’s Footprint – Ok Chirotherium…  An attraction it is own right but also an introduction to the fascinating geology of Lymm .

Brazil 66  a unique episode in Lymm’s history when Pele and the team stayed at the Lymm Hotel for the World Cup. many visitors would probably find this interesting.  Last year’s exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary received national press coverage.

Lymm at War  Lymm like every village played its part and paid its price with so many fallen. On the Home Front there was in World War One two homes for Belgian Refugees and a Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital.  In world War Two Lymm was an important receiving point for refugees.

Lymm Grammar School  - A well documented history dating back over four hundred years

The Gentry and the Great Houses,  mostly gone , one or two still standing including Lymm Hall itself. The story of a feudal society that survived in some form into the Victorian  age.  The social structure was an integral part of how Lymm operated even into the start of the twentieth century 

The Tourist Destination – visitors have been coming to Lymm for 200 years on foot, on horseback, by boat.. on both canals , by wagonette, by bicycle, by train,  to enjoy the village, the dam , the walks.

Everyday life  - the fabric behind the headlines, our shops, out tradespeople, our schools, our sports clubs and leisure, our homes and family life.

Lymm Urban District  Council – from the last decade of the nineteenth century until the second half of the twentieth century Lymm managed its own affairs, fire engine, waterworks, gasworks, roadsweepers  etc etc. The council had an  influence on how Lymm looks today

Lymm's Churches - from ancient St Werbergh's in Warburton to St Mary's, St Peters and the many dissenting churches including a strong Methodist movement. 

Lymm's Pubs - Many have come and gone but some of the survivors , The Bull's Head The Golden Fleece and The Spread Eagle for example  are pre-Victorian 

So what’s important ?  What defines Lymm ?  What can we not leave out ?  What gets top priority ? Have your say ... Get involved.

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