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Times Past - Our 'Then and Now' Project


The Sandstone Ridge Trust is compiling a pictorial history of The Sandstone Ridge, one of Cheshire's most distinctive landscapes.

A particular emphasis will be images of 'times past' and images of those same locations 'today', thereby allowing us to examine the changing nature of the landscape and cultural heritage over time.

Our featured image, for example, shows All Saints Church, Harthill, which is a designated Grade II listed building (by kind permission of Tattenhall Local History).

We can deduce that this postcard image was taken pre 1909 because it predates the erection of the covered entrance into the Churchyard, known as the 'lychgate'. This was actually erected in 1909 in the 'Tercentenary' (300th anniversary) year of Harthill Church. It would seem that the 'official' gentlemen in the foreground is a 'postman'.

Old photographs and postcards can provide a revealing snapshot into how people have interacted with their landscape. The Trust would like to hear from anyone who has old photographs and postcards of the Sandstone Ridge area. These can be either in their original (photograph/postcard), or scanned (digital) forms.

You can contact the Trust by emailing