MP learns about Poynton’s rich industrial heritage on new walk
MACCLESFIELD MP David Rutley was taught about Poynton’s rich heritage during a specially designed walk.
Mr Rutley donned his hiking boots on the invite of local history expert David Kitching.
They went on a two hour hike around the area to learn more about the town’s industrial heritage.
The walk has been devised by Poynton Town Council, offering residents and tourists the opportunity to find out more about the history of the area, and in particular, the coal mining heritage.
Poynton once had the largest coalfield in Cheshire, with 74 pits, employing more than 1,000 people in its heyday.
Although the coal mining ceased in 1935, there remain many clues to this former industry and the walk is designed to provide a glimpse into Poynton’s fascinating industrial past.
The Anson Colliery is now the site of the Anson Engine Museum. All other shafts have been capped and Park Pit has been levelled.
The council has also created a leaflet to guide walkers along the route, which is available from Poynton Civic Hall for 50p, or £3 for a set of eight.
Speaking following the walk, Mr Rutley said: “It is always good to get out into the open air, but it was particularly interesting to learn more about the area’s great mining heritage.
“This is a really engaging way of bringing the past to life, and I would like to thank David for showing me around the route, and Poynton Town Council for creating this important initiative.
“I would strongly encourage more local residents and visitors to get active outdoors, and learn about Poynton’s rich local heritage.”