Pointon’s Cafe

Did you know that a man from Whitchurch may have been responsible for planning & building the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct ?

William Turner was an Whitchurch architect, surveyor, engineer and furniture designer.

As an architect he is thought to have designed Whitchurch Old Rectory and remodelled Combermere Abbey in the early 19th century. Turner also worked with the 4th Earl to design Cholmondeley Castle.

As a surveyor and engineer he was involved with the building of the Ellesmere Canal.

William Turner was a freemason and a member of Lodge no.478 in Whitchurch, for which he designed furniture.

It is known that, with others, he prepared plans and estimates for the Pontcysllte aqueduct. Read what this Wrexham website has to say about his involvement.

Did you know that Whitchurch children were apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill ?

A  fact-based drama on 19th century life at Quarry Bank Mill has just started on Channel 4.

Our current “All Our Stories” heritage lottery project has uncovered information at Manchester Archives & Local Studies about three Whitchurch children who were employed as apprentices by the Greg family.

1789         Elizabeth Jones of Whitchurch, Salop – for four years at 9d per week the first year, 1/- the last three years, and food, lodging and clothing

1790         Robt. Venables of Whitchurch, Salop. – for four years at 1d per week and food, lodging and clothing. At the end of the term he is to belong to Whitchurch.

1792         Geo. Venables of Whitchurch, Salop. – for three years at 1/- per week and food and lodging.

I wonder what sort of experience they had ?