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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 . It is included in the Tatton parliamentary constituency.
Knutsford is also the birthplace of Henry Royce, of Rolls-Royce and the main town in the constituency of Tatton, which is the most affluent outside of London. The current MP is George Osborne, the Conservative Party's Treasurer.
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