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Mobberley is a semi-rural village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, situated between Wilmslow and Knutsford. Mobberley railway station lies on the Manchester to Northwich and Chester line and was opened on 12 May 1862 by the Cheshire Midland Railway which was absorbed by the Cheshire Lines Committee on 15 August 1867. Manchester Airport is located to the north, although part of Runway 2 is within the parish boundaries. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,546. Mobberley has an annual Rose Queen Festival, where a villager is crowned 'Rose Queen' and there are many other characters taken part in by adults and other children. It was started by Lily Green and the first Queen was Mary Richards. It is ever popular to this day (this year's Rose Queen was Daisy Fogg), despite a brief pause during the second world war.
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.
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. 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, lightly used, runway at Manchester airport. This has led to Mobberley becoming largely a dormitory village of Manchester. Mobberley is well covered by pubs.
Mobberley has a cricket club which plays at Church Lane, in Division two of the Cheshire County Cricket League. 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.
- Sylvio Campos - Manchester City and Brazil defender.
- George Mallory - English mountaineer, who died in his attempt to be the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
- Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Commander-in-Chief of RAF Fighter Command in World War II
- Dave Dee, vocalist in 1960s hit recording group - "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich" (formerly Dave Dee & The Bostons)
Notes and references
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- Mobberley Village In Cheshire: Community WebSite. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
- www.mobberley.info. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
- Mobberley Victory Hall Memorial Club: Community Hall Website. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
- Mobberley Pre-School Website. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
- Mobberley CE Primary School Website. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
- Ringheye Morris of Mobberley
- St. Wilfrid's Parish Church Website. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.