RIGHT UP MY STREET  -  No 2: Maisterson Court

Well-known town family gives name to homes

 August 2015

IT IS a matter of history that a local family, the Maistersons, lived in Nanrtwich for nearly 500 years. There are also remembered in the naming of a housing development off Beam Street - Maisterson Court.

    There was never a Maisterson Court as a building and, in fact, the Maistersons lived in Pillory Street.

     Perhaps the most famous person of the family was John Maisterson who led a group of four men who were prominent in the task of building part of Nantwich after the Great Fire of 1583. Queen Elizabeth the First provided £1,000 towards the re-building costs and allowed trees from Delamere Forest - the boundary of which came nearer to Nantwich than it does today - to be felled and used to create new buildings.   

   Sadly, John Maisterson died on the third anniversary of the outbreak of the fire. His epitaph read: “Had he not bin, this Towne had bin noe Towne as nowe it is” – if he had not been born, the town would not be as it is now.

  

   Local historian, Andrew Lamberton, told me: "Iit would have been more appropriate to have called the devlopment Mainwaring Court as the Mainwarings had 

a mansion on the site of the Crewe almshouses which are only a stone’s throw from Maisterson Court."

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