Alison Uttley

Alison Uttley, née Alice Jane Taylor (17 December 1884 – 7 May 1976) was a British writer of over 100 books.

Alison Uttley was an Amazing Women and you can follow her history from a number of our local railway stations ….

From Altrincham and Hale Railway Stations on The Mid Cheshire Line

Alison was born and educated in Derbyshire before gaining a physics scholarship to Manchester University.

She then trained to be a teacher. Alison lived in Bowdon for 14 years.

After the death of her husband in 1930, Alison began to write for financial reasons.

Her first books included Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig.

Alison later wrote stories for older children and adults.

There is Blue Plaque recognising Alison at Downs House, 13, Higher Downs, Bowdon, Altrincham (WA14 2QL) where she lived from 1924 to 1938.

The plaque reads:

“here lived 1924 – 1938 Alison Uttley, author.

Click here to visit Altrincham Railway Station

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From Knutsford Railway Station on The Mid Cheshire Line

There is a Blue Plaque at The Old Vicarage, King Street / Drury Lane, Knutsford (WA16 6EJ) where she lived around 1910.

“The Old Vicarage. This house was donated by will in 1718 to be used as a vicarage.  Around 1910 Alison Uttley countrywoman and childrens’ writer lived here.”

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