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Mobberley Boys' School, Knutsford, Cheshire

Mobberley Boys' School was opened in December, 1936, as an Approved School for Intermediate Boys. The School occupied premises at Faulkner's Lane, Knolls Green, near Knutsford, and could accommodate 120 boys who were aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission. The training provided at the School included engineering, cabinet-making and gardening.

Mobberley inmates using engineering equipment, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

Mobberley inmates gardening, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Manchester Council. It closed in 1986.

The site is now occupied by a health spa and residential care home.


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