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Knutsford is a town in the county of Cheshire in the north west of England, north of Northwich, and west of Wilmslow.

The origins of the name are unclear: some believe it means "Canute's ford" (where Canute crossed the River Lily), others think it means "neat's ford", a crossing place for cattle.

Knutsford was the model for Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Cranford. She lived in the town for a time.

North of Knutsford is Tatton Hall.