About Us & History
Ron, Sara and the team welcome you to The Davenport Arms
The Davenport Arms dates back to the 18th Century,
once part of the Capesthorne Estate.
The picturesque church of St James & St
Paul just opposite was built in 1343 and is said
to be the oldest half timber church still in use in Europe.
As hereditary foresters of the King, the Davenports were the
game wardens on the King’s Hunting preserves and had
the authorized power to put poachers to death without trial.
Hence, the crest of the Davenport coat of arms originally was
a serf’s head
with a rope around its neck, signifying that the
Davenports had the power to hang without appeal to the King.
The Head of the Davenport family was chief forester & would
send out his master sergeants into the forests of Leek & Macclesfield
to look for highwaymen who
were then tried and hanged.
In the living room above the pub is a small
staged area, where the criminal trials took place and the gibbet
is thought to have been suspended from a farm building opposite.
This room was also known as the sweating room
where tenants from the Capesthorne estate would have paid their
half yearly rent to the bailiffs, they were then allowed downstairs
to drink as much as they pleased on that day…. at least
there was a silver lining!
The building started its life as a farmhouse, the farmer starting
to brew his own beer as a sideline until eventually it became
the village hostelry.
The annual Gooseberry Show – one of the oldest in Cheshire
is hosted here on the first Saturday in August each year.
In 1978 Marton show gained a listing in the
Guinness book of Records as the largest Gooseberry
on record was shown here!
Enjoy your visit!