Mobberley

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Mobberley
Mobberley is located in Cheshire
Mobberley
Mobberley
 Mobberley shown within Cheshire
Population 2,546 [1]
Unitary authority Cheshire East
Shire county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Knutsford
Postcode district WA16
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Tatton
List of places
UK
England
Cheshire

Coordinates: 53°19′27″N 2°18′38″W / 53.3241°N 2.3106°W / 53.3241; -2.3106

Mobberley is a village in Cheshire, England, between Wilmslow and Knutsford, which in 2001 had a population of 2,546.[1]

Mobberley railway station is on the Manchester to Chester line. Manchester Airport lies to the north of the village.


History[edit]

Mobberley is mentioned as "Motburlege", in the Domesday Book of 1086. A priory was located here. Antrobus Hall was built in 1709.[citation needed]

Mobberley is best known as the home of the Mallory family: George Mallory (1886–1924), a mountaineer who died attempting Mount Everest, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory (1892–1944), who was air commander for the Allied Invasion of Normandy during World War II were both born in Mobberley. Their father, The Rev. Herbert Leigh Mallory, was rector of Mobberley.[2][3][4]

The church was mainly constructed around 1245. It was until recently dedicated to both St Wilfrid & St Mary although in recent years St Mary has been "dropped".

The Victory Hall was built in 1921 at a cost of £4,500 on a plot of three quarters of an acre given by Mr R O Leycester.[citation needed] The Victory Hall was built in 1921 as a community meeting place for the villagers from local funds and benefactors and was originally in a cross plan occupying about three quarters of the site we see now. It was officially opened on Thursday the 30th of December 1921. The main hall was of timber construction with pitch roof - chosen to avoid the weight of a tiled roof - with the walls designed in a mock Tudor style to reflect many of the local buildings and to emphasise its importance to the community. The feature clock - now preserved in the small meeting room - was a focal point of the village until the Millennium when it was replaced by the stunning new clock. Indeed, if you were to ask directions to Mobberley, for many years those directions would have involved ‘get to the clock at the Victory Hall and ....’ The Hall is the spiritual home of the village Rose Festival which is very different from the many May Day festivals held throughout Cheshire, although many of the pagan dances remain. The Hall hosts the annual Rose Queen procession selection night and relevant rehearsals. The Hall has always been designed with multi-functionality in mind. It is split into two areas - the main hall with sound system lighting and stage and the side (meeting) room with adjoining kitchen. In 1992, the hall was completely refurbished to the exacting standards found nowadays - a truly community facility. The Hall is also home to many village based organisations including the Women’s Institute, Village Society and playgroup and is a regular place for locals - and wider - to hold a variety of celebrations and meetings in fine surroundings and at minimal cost.

In 2005, the Men’s Club and Victory Hall amalgamated to form the Memorial Club and the users of the Victory Hall can now take advantage of the adjoining club facilities. The Mobberley Victory Hall Memorial Club - as it has been known since the Annual General Meeting of 2006 of the Men’s Club - was gifted to the men folk of the village in deeds dating back to an agreement in 1922. The journey from very humble beginnings, where the ‘club’ was merely a meeting room, to what is seen on site today began soon after. The first improvement came with the installation of a billiards table and a bar. Pure heaven! The addition of a lounge came next and then a second billiard table plus heating. Many committee members were active in helping to acquire additional parts of the site and ‘converting’ them to a more sociable use. In essence, though, the club was a self-contained compact affair where the males ‘escaped’ for a few hours whilst enjoying their pastimes. The club stayed almost unaltered then for almost 30 years until a major revamp in the late 1970s when additional land was officially acquired for car parking, a crown bowling green, toilet facilities, bar extension, storage and a third snooker table - note the word ‘snooker’ - as the previous tables were actual billiard tables. Entertainment was now being held on a regular basis as competition grew between local hostelries for the limited clientele. These improvements have also served the club well and only required upgrades and refurbishments in order to maintain an excellent facility where membership is now available to all sectors of the local, and wider, community. The club, since the changes at the 2006 AGM, has rapidly developed again with lady members now present in all sections of the club and a growing youth section. Committee members from the ‘old’ Victory Hall organisation assisted greatly. A local farmer has donated some land adjacent to the current bowling green to the Memorial Club and this will (subject to relevant planning permission) result in a redesigned entry and exit from the site, additional parking and building expansion to accommodate the progressive ideas of the ever inventive membership.

Mobberley has seen a lot of change demographically in recent years, first the opening of the nearby M56 from Manchester to Chester and then the Second Runway at Manchester Airport; which brought about improvements for some and deterioration for others in the Parish. These developments have led to Mobberley becoming largely a dormitory village of Manchester. Mobberley is well covered by pubs.[citation needed]

Mobberley plays a key role in the children's fantasy novel The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner.

Sports[edit]

Mobberley has a cricket club which plays at Church Lane, in Division two of the Cheshire County Cricket League.[5] It has many teams including a first, second and third teams, and a junior section. The main sports currently in Mobberley are based at the Victory Hall Memorial Club - crown green bowls and snooker.

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