Why you should move to Audlem
PUBLISHED: 20:42 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 13:35 20 December 2014
Audlem is a place you fall in love with. This ancient market town, on the southern fringes of our county, is a real treat.
Audlem is a place you fall in love with. This ancient market town, on the southern fringes of our county, is a real treat. From its pretty, picture postcard streets to the bustling village life it so ardently holds on to, it is a place that packs a punch.
The large village was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime and was granted its market charter by Edward I in 1295. It is located alongside the Shropshire Union Canal, designed by Thomas Telford with a run of 15 locks to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plain. Take the opportunity to get a look at the brightly coloured narrowboats which line the waters along here.
Cyclists, walkers and horse riders have already discovered the charms of Audlem. They are attracted to the area in pursuit of a delicious scone and cup of tea as sustenance after a morning enjoying the beautiful countryside which surround the village.
A popular place is The Old Priest House, located in the shadows of St James’ Church. Here you will find Beaman's, a famous shop where you can get traditional sweets, ice-creams and make a pit stop at the café, which serves everything you would expect as well as dishes from Iran, Greece, Morocco and Turkey. Another local landmark is the old Market House. You cannot miss it, just look for the eight stone pillars in front of the church.
There is an active community who are passionate about the village they live in. Community groups, local clubs and organisations thrive here and there are plenty of amenities to satisfy the needs of most people. There is also plenty to keep you entertained. Audlem Mill is a fantastic place for creative people who love crafts. Here you’ll also find lots of information and art work about the canal.
All of the above means that property in Audlem does not come cheap. The average price of a property here is around £225,000, almost £20,000 above the national average. The average price of a detached home comes in at £393,000. There are vast homes, bursting with character, which you can’t find for much less than £1 million and new builds are not common. This is definitely a village for those with a healthy budget to spend. But if you do buy here, the second you move into your new home, you will think it has been worth every penny.
Ups: Beautiful village, plenty to do for most ages, good facilities and a bustling community.
Downs: You are at the very southern reaches of Cheshire so travelling to other areas could take a while. There is a shortage of things to keep teenagers entertained.
Schools: Audlem St James C of E Controlled Primary School, 01270 685120
Transport: Crewe Railway Station is nearest to Audlem where you can pick up connections to places all across the county as well as the country. Buses run fairly frequently through Audlem to Nantwich, Whitchurch and Market Drayton. The nearest airport, Manchester International Airport, is a little over 25 miles away.
Commuting: Audlem is conveniently located for travel through to Nantwich, Market Drayton and Crewe as well as being near to the M6 motorway making it relatively easy, traffic depending, to travel to other parts of Cheshire and Shropshire.
Shops: There is a good selection of shops in the local area to provide the things you need as well as a few little luxuries including top quality furniture, ladies fashions and if you ever need your bicycle looking at, you're in the right place.
Restaurants/bars: There are a handful of good cafes, as well as a few local pubs, including the Lord Combermere and the Shroppie Fly. The latter is located next to the canal so is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a summer's evening.
Weekend fun: Get outdoors. Audlem is surrounded by vast, beautiful countryside that it would be a shame not to take advantage of. Get involved with some of the many local groups or festivals or get crafty and head down to Audlem Mill.