MP learns about Poyn­ton’s rich in­dus­trial her­itage on new walk

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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.”

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