Visitor Information For Great Budworth

Refreshments

George & Dragon, High Street Great Budworth (01606 892650):

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Lunches, afternoon teas, evening meals.  Monday to Saturday – 11am to        11pm.  Sunday – 12noon to 10.30pm

Ice Cream Farm, Heath Lane:Great Budworth  (01606 891211)

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Coffees, teas, light lunches.  Real dairy ice cream is made on site in the dairy early each morning.  An abundance of toddler toys keep young children happy and there are often themed weekends or a maize maze in the summer.

From 1st April to 31st October: daily from 12 noon –          6pm
March, November and December: weekends only, 1pm till 5p                Closed January and February

Parish Hall, Smithy Lane:Great Budworth

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Sunday afternoon tea, coffee and cakes.  Open 2-5pm from Easter until October

Buildings of Note

Saint Mary and All Saints Church Great Budworth

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One of the most (literally!) outstanding features of the village is the church of St. Mary and All Saints, a Grade I listed building and described by Pevsner as ‘one of the most satisfactory Perpendicular churches in Cheshire’.  Many visitors express surprise that such a large church should feature in such a small village.  The reason is that when the church was built (in xxx) Great Budworth was arguably the largest parish in Cheshire (with the possible exception of Prestbury).

Houses

Goldmine House and its attached cottage (Rose Cottage) were designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.  They were built in 1870 for Rowland Egerton-Warburton of Arley Hall and were designed by the Chester architect John Douglas.  The house faces west and is of brown brick, with some timber framing and clay tile roofs.

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Dene Cottages is a pair of cottages, also built for Rowland Egerton-Warburton and designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. They were designed by the renowned Chester architect John Douglas and built in 1867-68.  The lower storeys are constructed of brown brick. The upper storeys are timber-framed with plaster panels and the roof is in clay tiles. The plaster panels are pargetted with floral motifs.

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Belmont Hall, located about a mile outside the village, was built by J. H. Smith-Barry Esq.  Built in 1755 and designed by James Gibbs, it is a Grade I listed building.   Since 2011 it has been occupied by Cransley School.

George and Dragon pub

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The George and Dragon , designated by English Heritage Grade II listed building, was initially built as a simple three-bay Georgian inn.  Dating back in parts to 1722, is a rare example of the quintessential English village pub. In 1875 its restoration was commissioned by Egerton-Warburton and carried out by Chester architect, John Douglas, who added tall rubbed chimneys, mullioned windows and a steep pyramidal turret. The pub has many other features of interest to architectural historians, including a strikingly unusual inn sign located diagonally from the right corner.

54–57 High Street Great Budworth

This is a row of four houses in High Street Cheshire, designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building, originally built in the early 18th century – or possibly even earlier. In the early 1870s they were refaced and partly rebuilt for Rowland Egerton-Warburton of Arley Hall by the architect John Douglas.  The two outer buildings are houses and the two central buildings are cottages. They are built in brown brick with clay tile roofs, and have two storeys, plus attics. Each building has a gable, those on the outer buildings being larger than those on the inner buildings, and all are decorated with brick and plaster.

This well at the bottom of the High Street used to be the only water supply to the village…

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16 thoughts on “Visitor Information For Great Budworth

  1. Lesley Hopkinson

    A leaflet detailing a guided walk through the village is available to purchase at the back of the church – which is open every day.

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    1. Mr. Leslie Taylor

      I’ve traced my earliest Taylor ancestor to Great Budworth. According to genealogical records he was born there in 1480! What a thrill it was to find out that there was a pre Columbian Taylor ancestor. Should I come into an enormous fortune, your town would be the first place I’d love to visit. Since, however; I am a mere plebian of relatively modest means, I wonder if I could get my hands on one of your leaflets that detail a walk through of the village? I would be delighted to compensate you for the customary amount. Not sure how to do the conversion from colonial currency (US dollars) to pounds or euros but I’m game. Just as an aside, I have done a drive through using Google maps. It’s quite a lovely place. Evidently my particular ancestors were born either in Little Leigh and or Great Budworth and then buried in its counterpoint. I understand there’s an ancestral home of some kind near one or the other of these two villages that’s an animal shelter or some such establishment. Please feel free to contact me via my email at any time. I’d love to make some connections with my earliest known point of ancestral origin.

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      1. Lesley Hopkinson

        Hi Leslie
        If you send your postal address to my email address – [email protected] – I will endeavour to get a village walk leaflet in the post to you! Next time I take a walk through the graveyard I will look out for some Taylors. There is a cottage called ‘The Tailors Cottage’ opposite my house – we always assumed that it used to be where the village tailor lived – but maybe there was a connection with your ancestral family ….

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        1. Mr. Leslie Taylor

          Lesley,

          Is there another email address for you? I’ve tried two different systems and neither will accept the address you gave. Please advise.
          Thanks and regards,
          Les

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    2. veronicamccormick

      please could you tell me what hours the church is open during the day, and if you still have copies of the book for sale, as I would like to buy one. Veronica McCormick

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      1. Caroline Marshall

        Hi Veronica,

        Please contact the church directly on 01606-891324 for further information.

        Kind regards

        Caroline Marshall
        Clerk to Great Budworth Parish Council

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  2. Mr. Leslie Taylor

    Hello Lesley,
    I’m thrilled to read your reply. Thank you. I’ll send an email to your address post haste. Sorry for my recalcitrance in replying. Hopefully I can keep up with this better in the future. I have “driven” through Great Budworth and Little Leigh via Googlemaps and must say I completely enjoyed the beauty of both towns. I’d love to learn more about my genealogy and see if I can trace my ancestors back a bit more, although tracing them to pre Colombian times, i.e. 1480 isn’t too shabby as we say here in “the colonies” . Did you find any Taylor ancestors on your walk?
    All the best,
    Les

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  3. Wendy McGreevy

    I have Taylors born in Gt Budworth have found William born 1803 there where would I get any more information on them please..

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  4. Michelle Daubney

    Hi was wondering if there is an online parish register I can access to do some of my family tree research? my ancestors lived in Great Budworth, I have a baptism of Joseph Yates in 1791 (he marries someone named as Elizabeth but not sure of date) and seems his father John Yates was also born there, any help is greatly appreciated. also is there any local B and B’s you would recommend.

    Thank you for your time

    Michelle

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  5. Bernard

    Thank you for the information on Great Budworth. I have an interest in a Thomas Garner, born Appleton 1775, who died October 8, 1825 in Great Budworth. From records I understand that he had a funeral mass at St. Mary. My only question is whether there is a gravestone for the Garner family. I will be visiting the area this coming December and would like to come and visit the church. Thanks

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  6. Woody Hays

    Hello,
    I live in the US and will be visiting Great Budworth on 9/9/2015. Unfortunately we won’t be spending the night there.

    My family tree has been traced to Great Budworth. John Hayes born there in 1535, died there in 1600. Married Elizabeth Starkey born there 1540, died there in 1615. Their son Peter, born 1571, came to the US and started the family here.

    Since John and Elizabeth were both born in Great Bedworth I assume that their parents lived there and perhaps went back a few generations in Great Budworth, but the records haven’t become clear yet.

    I want to visit the church, I put a note on their site, and walk around town and take it all in. Is there anything special we should see?

    I look forward to visiting your village.
    Woody Hays

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  7. Lesley Harrison

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you would be able to help me. I am looking for a grave for Thomas Postles born 1821 at Wharton, Cheshire. He died in 1874, registered in Northwich but was buried 6th January 1874 in Great Budworth. Any information you could give me would be welcome, especially a transcription from the headstone, if there is one.
    Kind Regards,
    Lesley

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    1. Caroline Marshall

      Dear Lesley,

      Many apologies for the long delay in replying to your message.

      If you still need the information about Thomas Postles please email me at [email protected] and I shall pass your query through to the village Historical Society.

      Kind regards

      Caroline Marshall
      Clerk to Great Budworth Parish Council

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  8. Gill Cadwallader

    Can anyone in the village help?
    We are trying to ascertain whether anyone still retains any contact or contact details for either Michael Taylor, Howard Taylor, Georgina Taylor or Kathleen Betsy Taylor all who used to live at either Sandicroft or Sandicroft Mews
    Any help would be welcome

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    1. Caroline Marshall

      Hi Gill,

      I will forward your request through to members of the Parish Council, many of whom have lived in the village for many years.

      Kind regards

      Caroline Marshall
      Clerk to Great Budworth Parish Council

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