The Jodrell family were originally from Yeardsley, on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border. Their ancestor was William Jaudrell, an archer under Edward the Black Prince in 14th C. By the late fifteenth century the family spelling was Jodrell.
Through marriage to Roger Knutsford’s daughter, Roger Jodrell of Yeardsley acquired Twemlow in Cheshire and so the Jodrell family resided at Twemlow giving their name to the Jodrell hamlet.
Jodrell Bank telescope was built here on Manchester University owned land in 1957. 60 years ago next year.
Jodrell Bank was first used by Manchester University's Department of Botany in 1939. The name of the site came from a slight rise on Jodrell land called Jodrell Bank. The local land was purchased from two very old established Norman families, the Leighs and the Massey's .This land was used for what became known as the Lovell Telescope after the scientist Bernard Lovell.
Today Jodrell Bank is a world famous centre for astronomy, tracking signals and sounds from stars and planets.