Antrobus Heritage - publications


Two fascinating books about the history of the village have been produced by volunteers at different times together with a third about the former Royal Naval Air Station located partly in Antrobus.

Paper copies of the first 2 were available from the village shop at the time of publishing. Contact the shop to see if copies are still available.

The electronic versions (redacted as appropriate) are mounted here, with permission, as a permanent resource for the community.

The documents are made available with consent and to pursue the legitimate interest of the Parish Council to retain local heritage. We cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies within the original content.

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Antrobus - A Country Parish at the Millennium

Antrobus - A Country Parish at the Millennium

The Countryside Commission (now called The Countryside Agency) launched the Local Heritage Initiative in 1988 as a Partnership Project with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim was to help people to care for their local landscape, landmarks and traditions. Advice, technical and financial support was given to 24 communities nationwide to help them record their local heritage as part of a pilot study.

Antrobus was one of three Cheshire villages selected. It was chosen as a typical country parish with a good record of community achievements.
A group of seventeen parishioners, under the umbrella of the Antrobus Women's Institute, spent twelve months researching the aspects of the Parish's heritage that they felt should be recorded. Produced by Antrobus Women's Institute 1999.

There are 206 pages, with sections on Buildings, People, Work, Special Events and Environment. The full contents are listed on page 4.

Click on the link to view a pdf: Antrobus at the Millennium


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Antrobus 2000 to 2015

Antrobus 2000 to 2015

This book has been produced by members of Antrobus W.I and Antrobus Heritage Group and prepared for publication by Angela Yeoman. It is an update of the W.I Scrapbooks and the Antrobus Heritage Book “Antrobus, A Country Parish at the Millennium”, which was published in late 1999.

There are 138 pages, with sections on Community, Rebuilds, Environment, Special Events and Work. The full contents are listed on pages 5-6.

Click on the link to view a pdf: Antrobus 2000 to 2015


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RNAS Stretton. HMS Blackcap

RNAS Stretton. HMS Blackcap.

The base closed in 1958. Two members of the Antrobus Heritage group attended the 60th Anniversary celebration of Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton. It had been organised by the Manchester branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association and they also mounted an exhibition of photographs.

The idea for this book and an accompanying archive came after we identified that there was a clear need to record the heritage that was the Royal Naval Air Station, Stretton.

HMS Blackcap was in fact located in Appleton and the surrounding area including part of Antrobus (Crowley).

With the majority of the airfield buildings demolished and the number of surviving personnel and locals of that era dwindling fast we felt there was no time to lose. This book is based upon the many personal accounts, memories and photographs that we received from former personnel, local inhabitants and others.

We have tried to verify or corroborate facts as far as possible, within our resources.

Antrobus Heritage 2004

There are 112 pages in part one, with sections on Fleet Air Arm, Architecture and Aircraft. The full contents are listed on page 8.

There are 102 pages in part two, with sections on Work and Memories. Extra photographs are included in part three.

Click on the links to view a pdf: HMS Blackcap part one. HMS Blackcap part two. HMS Blackcap part three.