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St. Wilfrid's Church, Mobberley
Mobberley shown within Cheshire
|Unitary authority||Cheshire East|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
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.
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.
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
- Census, 2001
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- Knutsford Guardian; 20 August 2011
- Trafford Leigh-Mallory profile at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation - Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
- Mobberley County Cricket Club. Retrieval Date: October 12, 2007.
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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.