Wilmslow has played host to wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, children's broadcaster Romany and several worldfamous footballers. Its ancient landscape witnessed the ritual sacrifice of Lindow Man. Its modern townscape is studded with luxury cars. Spies have trained to infiltrate enemy lines, and millworkers have toiled to produce silk and cotton. Ramshackle dwellings have given way to upmarket offices, and poverty and affluence have walked hand-in-hand. Nestling on the Cheshire plain between the Rivers Bollin and Dean, Wilmslow is a town where people treasure their green spaces, take pride in their heritage, and converge as a community in times of joy and remembrance. Founded on a fusion of agriculture, industry and commerce, the juxtaposition of old and new speaks of a resilient people with the skills and vision to transform, adapt, survive and prosper.
Vanessa Greatorex is a freelance writer, editor and local historian who has lived in Cheshire for over thirty years and grew up in the vicinity of Wilmslow. She spent sixteen years working for publishing companies before going solo. Her back catalogue includes a long-running series on place-names in Cheshire Life, a couple of historical short stories in fiction anthologies, and an article on Robin Hood in Medieval History Magazine. A member of the English Place-Name Society and the Chester Society for Landscape History, she has degrees in English, Medieval Studies, and Landscape, Heritage and Society, and is currently conducting doctoral research into medieval Chester. She lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and a mischievous rabbit.