High Street Heroes of Tarvin
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 February 2014
A charming village where heritage colours the everyday
Cheshire villages don’t get any more delightful than Tarvin - a rural idyll that is also a rather elegant place for the pleasures of shopping and dining.
Whether you’ve made it a destination to find something lovely to wear, designer pieces for the home, or to buy fresh farm produce, this is a very pleasant place to live or just visit.
Shop fronts painted in heritage colours, red Cheshire brick and timber-framed buildings all add up to a destination of real character.
Here you can stroll around shops selling fine wines, gifts and beauty products, stop off for a coffee or visit a lovely cosy pub or restaurant for lunch. There are quite a few places to choose from including a charming brasserie and a traditional fish and chip shop. It’s the perfect location for anyone who wants to while away a few hours from the hustle and bustle of a city.
Tarvin is also profoundly interesting historically, as it is here that a Saxon cross dating back to the 10th century was unearthed in a Civil War trench.
A coin of Constantius I was also found here indicating a Roman connection and because of the village’s close proximity to Chester is became the site of various skirmishes throughout the English Civil War. Well documented too is the Great Fire of Tarvin which broke out on Monday April 30th 1752. Fanned by strong winds, within a couple of hours the greater part of the place burnt down, leaving the timber-framed buildings of Church Cottages and Bull’s Cottage (opposite Tarvin Hall) which visitors can still see here today.
Now the buildings most visitors will see here date from the rebuilding and remodelling in the years following the fire.
Apparently little is known about the original village layout though the foundations of many of the buildings could actually pre-date that devastating fire.
Where is Tarvin?
Tarvin is about six miles east of Chester and is located near the junction of the A51, towards Nantwich and Tarporley, and the A54, towards Northwich and on to Manchester. These two main trunk roads bypass the village centre on either side. The northerly A54 bypass was constructed in 1933, and the southerly A51 bypass in 1984.
During the English Civil War Tarvin was occupied by both Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers) however, it was the Roundheads who occupied it when the war came to an end. Visitors to the Grade I listed St Andrew’s church can see the battle-scars, as there are cannonball and musketball holes in the wall of the church tower next to the west door. It has been said that prisoners were shot against this wall, which explains some of the bullet holes. The church was also used as a refuge by soldiers and the tower was probably used as a lookout post.