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֍ William the Conqueror’s Great Survey which resulted in the Domesday Book of 1086 being produced showed the land that became Stockbridge Village was owned by the Thane, Uctred. This ownership later transferred to the de Lathom family


֍ Stock Bridge was originally a wooden bridge which crossed the River Alt. It was named as a boundary as early as 1189


֍ Isabel de Lathom married Sir John de Stanley and the lands passed to the Stanley line


֍ In 1485, Thomas, Lord Stanley became 1st Earl of Derby. Later the Stanley family seat would be Knowsley Hall

up to 20th Century

֍ Many local agricultural workers employed on the surrounding land of the Knowsley Park Estate


֍ Land purchased around Cantril Farm by Liverpool Corporation for development


֍ First homes occupied on the new Cantril Farm estate, built on the Radburn design layout


֍ Two new primary schools opened: St Albert’s and St Brigid’s


֍ The Withens Shopping Centre opens


֍ Original Cantril Farm Library opens (17th July 1971, with the official opening 13th Aug)


֍ Cantril Farm in general decline


֍ Visit by Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for the Environment to assess the situation


֍ Stockbridge Village Trust Ltd established
֍ KMBC’s portion of Cantril Farm (two-thirds), re-named Stockbridge Village


֍ Heatwaves Leisure Centre, The Withens, opens – 8th September 1990


֍ Original Cantril Farm/Stockbridge Village Library closes – 28th November 1992


֍ New Stockbridge Village Library opens adjacent to Heatwaves, The Withens – 24th October 1993


֍ Stockbridge Village’s council properties transferred to the Villages Housing Association


֍ Heatwaves Leisure Centre closes – 1st Dec 2009


֍ Regeneration of Stockbridge Village begins


֍ New complex the ‘Neighbourhood Centre’ opens at The Withens comprising the following: Stockbridge Village Primary School (following amalgamation), the new Stockbridge Village Library which opened – 5th Sept 2011 and Stockbridge Leisure Centre combining gym, sports and leisure facilities


֍ Council-owned Volair Limited takes over running of all KMBC’s Leisure Centres including Stockbridge Village site


֍ Barley Mow public house, Waterpark Drive, demolished


֍ New housing completed on former Barley Mow public house site – February 2020
֍ The whole year 2020 was dominated by the Coronavirus COVID-19. Working from home or being on furlough became the new normal, together with social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings


֍ The Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association and Junior Rangers gain financial support from the Community Environment Fund for their Nine Trees Pond project to increase biodiversity – 4th February 2021
֍ Completion of the new 90-home Jackson Gardens extra-care development has provided 64 one and two-bedroom apartments and 26 bungalows for safe, independent living combined with 24-hour support – 3rd June 2021

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