Why you should move to Congleton
PUBLISHED: 00:01 17 November 2009 | UPDATED: 13:32 20 December 2014
The pretty market town of Congleton, nestling at the foothills of the Pennines, can be counted as some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.
The pretty market town of Congleton, nestling at the foothills of the Pennines, can be counted as some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. Wildlife flock to it, attracted by the River Dane, and visitors can expect a warm welcome.
It is ideally situated for commuters who want to get away from the rat race at the weekends with easy access to the M6 motorway, other parts of Cheshire and the North Staffordshire border.
Sometimes known as Beartown, according to a legend dating back to when bear-bating was still a popular sport, Congleton has plenty going for it. There is lots to keep you occupied with many places to visit including the historic Little Moreton Hall, used for filming in ITV drama Moll Flanders, and ancient manor house, Gawsworth Hall.
There is also Jodrell Bank, Capesthorne Hall and Congleton Park as well as the Congleton Museum, a free children's paddling pool from May to September as well as an excellent choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. During the warmer months the town also welcomes boaters passing through on the Macclesfield Canal.
Despite all this, property prices in Congleton have seldom gone above the national average. There has been an overall increase in the last ten years but in some cases, including in 2005, prices dropped well below national trends. Flats, which have only become more popular in the town over the last few years are, on average, more expensive than terraced homes with almost £10,000 more to pay.
There is a good mix of property available from huge family homes costing more than £1 million, new and resale homes for those with a middle of the range budget and more modestly priced properties below the £100,000 mark for first time buyers.
There is a new development at Lime Wharf with luxury apartments to attract city centre commuters as well as huge mansion-like properties that have a tale to tell.
Congleton has plenty going for it. So why not take a trip down there, your dream home could be waiting.
Schools: St Mary's Catholic Primary School, 01260 274690, Havannah County Primary School, 01260 275820, Marlfields County Primary and Nursery School, 01260 272555, Daven County Primary School, 01260 273576, Blackfirs County Primary School, 01260 272935, Congleton High School, 01260 273013, Buglawton Primary School, Quinta County Primary School, 01260 273269. Mossley C of E Primary School, 01260 272451, Eaton Bank School, 01260 273000.
Transport: Buses run from Congleton to many of the surrounding areas including Nantwich, Sandbach and Macclesfield as well as Biddulph, Kidsgrove and Crewe. Trains also run regularly from Congleton train station to Manchester city centre and the other way towards Stoke-on-Trent. Manchester International Airport is less than 15 miles drive away.
Commuting: Congleton is conveniently situated near to the M6 motorway to reach other Cheshire places like Sandbach, Winsford, Knutsford and Crewe as well as being close for access to Manchester, North Staffordshire and Macclesfield.
Shops: Everything from chain stores like W H Smith to little boutiques, collectables shops and art galleries.
Restaurants/bars: Choose from traditional pubs and bars like The Beartown Tap and Ye Olde White Lion. Congleton's restaurants offer cuisine from around the world including Indian, Chinese and Italian as well as a good choice of takeaways for nights in.
Weekend fun: Like walking onto film set. Visit one of the many halls that have been used in period dramas like Pride and Prejudice. Take a stroll in Congleton Park, cycle the Biddulph Valley Way or walk to the ruins of the Mow Cop castle.