The Blackden Trust

Blackden: where history and creativity meet.
This peaceful part of Blackden in rural Cheshire has evidence of human activity dating back 10,000 years.  At its heart are Toad Hall, the late medieval home of Alan and Griselda Garner, and The Old Medicine House, a Grade II timber framed building from Staffordshire that the Garners saved from destruction by dismantling and faithfully re-erecting it at Blackden in 1972.

Toad Hall & The Old Medicine House

Blackden is a special place: one that inspires Alan’s writing and stimulates an extensive programme of archaeological and historical research. Creativity thrives here; the past comes to life here. It is a magical place.

The Blackden Trust exists to research and conserve this remarkable site, to encourage creativity and to inspire the writers, artists, musicians, scientists, historians and archaeologists of the future. We have a rare set of resources at our disposal: mcedieval buildings, prehistoric flints, pottery through the ages and historical documents. We also have a diverse team of specialists and volunteers, who share their knowledge to stimulate and encourage enquiring minds.
We fulfil the Trust’s aims through a variety of means. Our cross curricular education programme for primary and secondary school children draws on the resources at Blackden to enrich a wide range of subjects. Children learn through handling artefacts that have been found on the site.   We provide training and development opportunities in archaeological and documentary research, which informs our guided tours. We also run creative writing courses and offer a sanctuary for musicians and artists who can draw inspiration from this distinctive and ancient place.
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We are always looking for volunteers so if you have some time to spare please contact the Volunteer Manager on for a preliminary chat.
What’s on next: see separate header above for details of all events

Stars and Stones – A joint Jodrell Bank and Blackden Trust event (10.30-4.30 run on dates through the year:  21st June, 11th July, 22nd Aug, 26th Sept. )

Sept 2018 – ‘By Seven Firs and Goldenstone – A Walk Between Worlds.’

The Blackden Trust, Blackden, Goostrey CW4 8BY
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The Medicine House
Image by @exvista_eamonn

Old Medicine House by Eamonn Murphy.  From a series of artworks reminiscent of the classic railway posters of the 1920s and 1930s to celebrate locations accessed from stations on the Crewe to Manchester Community Rail Partnership line.

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