Middlewich is steeped in history and isn't just about salt
PUBLISHED: 12:45 22 February 2012 | UPDATED: 19:38 08 October 2017
Middlewich is steeped in history and has a Roman and Norman heritage worth exploring <br/>WORDS BY LAURA NORMANSELL PAINTINGS BY GORDON WILKINSON
The many winding rivers and canals that pass through Middlewich would make a pleasant route for a walk any time of year, especially spring. With areas alongside the various waterways lined with trees, it’s the perfect opportunity to capture the first signs of a new season, in a peaceful surrounding.
A major feature of the town’s landscape, the rivers and canals are also significant to the history of Middlewich. Steeped in history, this market town has a Roman and Norman heritage to explore, as well as other attractions.
When the town became an important producer of salt, it had a Roman settlement, which are thought to have named it as ‘Salinae’, meaning ‘place where salt is made’.
Middlewich has a history in the salt-making industry - its salt was exported around the world from the Mersey. Brands including Cerebos and Saxo produced and packaged their products here in the late 20th century.
The town’s Norman heritage includes links created by the Norman, Gilbert de Venables between Normandy and his landholdings in Middlewich after the Norman Conquest of England.
Various events are held throughout the year to celebrate the town’s heritage: the most popular being ‘Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival’, which takes place from June 15th – 17th this year. At the centre of these is the ‘Bull Ring’ – a venue for the town’s many events, which helps to bring together the locals and visitors.
A primary landmark is St Michael and All Angels’ Church, as painted by artist Gordon Wilkinson. The grade II listed building can be found in the heart of town. Since the middle of the 12th century there has been a church on this site, yet all that remains of that building are the two easternmost pillars on each side of the nave. Further building work carried out in the 15th and 16th centuries, added a number of things to the church, including the Tower.
The King’s Lock Inn, painted by Gordon Wilkinson, is one of many pubs in the town and is located on Booth Lane, alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal.
This small town has plenty to offer but whatever it is that attracts you, its historic roots are fascinating.
Middlewich is situated in the centre of Cheshire, with nearby towns including Sandbach and Holmes Chapel. With the M6 motorway only two and a half miles from the centre of town, good communications are available. Manchester Airport is a half-hour drive. Crewe railway station is only 15 minutes away, with frequent trains to Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston.
Where to park:
Three car parks provide free parking and more spaces are available at the leisure centre.
The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012 issue of Cheshire Life
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