Timeline – Knowsley Village

 

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Sir Thomas Stanley, 2nd Lord Stanley created 1st Earl of Derby

1435
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Henry VII visited Knowsley

1495
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Shakespeare reputedly performed in a play at Knowsley

1589
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Landscaped gardens constructed by Capability Brown at Knowsley Hall

1770s
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The 'Derby' horse race founded by 12th Earl

1780
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Menagerie founded at Knowsley Park

1780s
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Prince Regent George IV entertained at Knowsley Hall

1820
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Build starts on Church of St. Mary the Virgin, built at the expense of 13th Earl of Derby

1841
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St. Mary's Church consecrated

1844
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Knowsley Tithe Map and Apportionment Schedule completed

1847
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A Derby Memorial Chapel including an effigy erected by public subscription in St. Mary's Church to the memory of 14th Earl

1871
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Yew tree planted in the St. Mary's churchyard and celebrations took place in the village to commemorate the Jubilee

1887
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State dining room refurbished at Knowsley Hall

1890
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Lych-gate added to entranceway to St Mary's Church

1895
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Western Gateway to Knowsley Church rebuilt

1899
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Carved tower screen added to Knowsley Church a gift, of 16th Earl of Derby in gratitude for the safe return of his children from Africa

1904
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South Wall mosaic of St. Mary's Church started

1912
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Royal visit to Knowsley by King George V and Queen Mary

1913
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Edward George Villiers, 17th Earl of Derby recruits the first of four battalions of 'Liverpool Pals': 17th battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment

1915
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Peace celebrations at Knowsley Park

1919
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A gift of Memorial Windows - 'Victory and Self Sacrifice' given to St. Mary's Church by 17th Earl and his wife

1923
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Carved oak front cover added to the church font

1930
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Royal visit to Knowsley by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

1938
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Pulpit in memory of Rev. F.A.H. Score added to St. Mary's Church

1945
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Princess Margaret visits Knowsley Hall

1950
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Queen Elizabeth II visits Knowsley Hall

1954
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Opening by Lord Rosebury, of the Memorial Gates on Knowsley Lane in memory of 17th Earl of Derby

1958
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Knowsley Safari Park created

1971
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• Grand Lodge of Knowsley Estate demolished • M57 motorway built crossing part of the Knowsley Park Estate

1972
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Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley created

1974
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• Dedication of a Chapel in St. Mary's Church, in memory of Maud Cook, popular local school teacher who died in 1974 • Demolition of Tincle Peg Cottages

1978
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Major restoration work carried out at St. Mary's Church

1981
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• Burial in Knowsley St. Mary's churchyard of Edward, 18th Earl of Derby • Edward Richard William Stanley becomes 19th Earl of Derby following the death of his uncle

1994
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Masterplan approved to build an estate of around 150 new homes and some business units on Knowsley Lane, to be called Earlsfield Park

2017
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Groundwork begins on the new Earlsfield Park estate, construction period to be around three years

2019