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Helen, one of our neighbours, told us that they had a great visit to the Anson Engine Museum in Poynton and recommends it highly. If you've been somewhere great and want to share it, get in touch via the Contact button above.
This unusual and fascinating museum used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country's leading specialist museums.
The museum is in Poynton on the site of the old Anson Colliery, it is the result of Les Cawley and Geoff Challinor's years of hard work collecting and restoring engines.
The Poynton collieries were very active for many years and have a long history of connections with Chelford. In l866 there were 24 coal trains a week, with daily trips to Stockport, Macclesfield and Ardwick, with an extra three trips a week to both Stockport and Chelford. The coal business at Chelford station is a big part of our history and the Anson Museum is an interesting window on that world.
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There is a unique collection of over 250 gas and oil engines, many maintained in running order. Ranging from early Crossley gas engines through to more modern diesels. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum.
The museum also has a steam section with two Robey engines; an A frame and a beam engine. Pride of place goes to the Stott engine that used to drive a cotton wadding mill in Hazel Grove. It was rescued by the museum and has been lovingly restored to working condition by the volunteers. It ran in 2011 for the first time in over 50 years.
The museum opens to the public every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter Sunday until end of October. Engines run every day the museum is open and on the 3rd Sunday of every month engines in the steam section can be found "in steam".
The museum also boasts a local history section where a giant scale model of Poynton (c1900) has been built by the volunteers. In Spring 2012 over 5,000 hours of work had gone in to perfecting the model. The area also has display of photographs, maps, mementoes and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery.
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