Cranage hall was sold in 1814 to the Rev. John Armitstead, incumbent of Goostrey. He had already acquired some land in the Cranage area from his first marriage to Catherine Fenton, daughter and co-heir to John Fenton of Betley in Staffordshire. The estate passed to Lawrence, the only son of John's first wife. At that time the estate comprised Cranage Hall and 165 acres.
Memorial Inscription at St Mary's Sandbach
To the glory of God and in remembrance of JOHN ARMITSTEAD MA Vicar of the parish from AD 1828 to AD 1865. During his incumbency, and mainly through his efforts and influence, this, the mother church, was restored and enlarged, three district churches were erected and endowed at Wheelock, Elworth and Sandbach Heath, the Grammar School was rebuilt, and the National Schools were established, the Almshouses were erected with the noble object of giving help to the deserving poor and shelter to decent old age, and provision was made for the wise expenditure of the income of the Sandbach charity estate. A landowner in this parish caused this monument to be raised here as a memorial of long friendship and as a Record of public worth.
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