Nantwich is rich in history. A Roman road passes north of Nantwich through Reaseheath. Nantwich is mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086.
The 12th century Nantwich castle no longer exists, but the cathedral of South Cheshire – St Marys church (which was started in the 14th century) is still here.
In 1583 the great fire of Nantwich caused a substantial rebuilding of the town.
Acton Church – the history of a lovely old church.
Alvaston Hall Hotel – why there’s such a jumble of architectural styles, ghosts and a disaster that was kept secret.
Apprenticeships in Nantwich in 1423 – with some interesting rules about taverns and adultery!
Brine Baths Hotel – a palatial residence and spa.
Cheshire College of Agriculture – A late 20th century prospectus.
Cheshire Hunt – a fascinating illustrated old book written by a local man.
Cholera in Nantwich – a story of terrible sanitation and were some people buried alive!
Churches Mansion – written by my son over 20 years ago.
James Hall – there’s more to James Hall than just a street!
Making farmhouse Cheshire cheese – a lot has been made in this area.
Nantwich Banks – Nantwich had its own currency and banks going bankrupt!
Nantwich Fair – Nantwich had its own fair and have you heard this tune?
Nantwich Museum – A lovely museum, which is the home of the town’s history.
Nantwich Pubs – you’ll be amazed how many there were!
Nantwich Racecourse – did you know Nantwich had its own racecourse?
Nantwich Railways – why trains went to Crewe instead of Nantwich!
History of Reaseheath College – Andrew Lamberton’s wonderful history of the college and the area.
Pankhurst family in Cheshire – How Emily’s husband was connected with South Cheshire.
Reaseheath Gardens – a history of the grounds now occupied by Reaseheath College
Roman Road at Reaseheath – photos of an archaeological dig.
The Rookery – an interesting neighbour to Churches Mansion.
Temperance Movement in Nantwich.
The End of the Big Trout – this 1914 obituary is a bit fishy!
The Terrible Leap – a tragic accident at Worleston.
Worleston Dairy Institute – the UK’s first ever college of dairying.
What is a Dabber? – more about the name given to people from Nantwich.
Willaston School – this building, off London Road, has been a small public school for Unitarian families and a Roman Catholic approved school amongst other things!
Other useful links
A Dabber’s Nantwich – a wonderful site written by John Brough.
Britain From Above – old aerial photos.
Cheshire Directories – a collection of directories for Cheshire from 1789 to 1910.
Fear of the Black Hole – a terrifying account of life in Nantwich Workhouse.
Listed Buildings in Nantwich – did you know Nantwich has 132 listed buildings and structures.
Maps of Nantwich – old and new maps of Nantwich and Cheshire.
Nantwich Mill – a history of the mill which was destroyed by fire in 1970.
Nantwich shoemakers’ strike – how they settled dispute in 1872.
Nantwich Web’s history of Nantwich – another great site for local history with information provided by Allan Whatley. Sadly Nantwich Web has now gone – so the link takes you to an archived copy.
Nantwich Workhouse – which later became the Barony Hospital.
Shaming of Margaret Knowsley – a shocking story about a puritanical preacher, who in 1625 in Nantwich tried to rape one of his maidservants. She was the one that got prosecuted!
Shoe making in Nantwich – once an important industry.
St Marys Church – the history of the “Cathedral of South Cheshire”.
A lovely poem
Starting with the salt and brine,
discovered back in Roman times.
This set the scene and from then on,
the town of Wyche Malbank was born.
St. Mary`s Church stood tall and dark,
Elizabethans made their mark,
Cromwell tried to overthrow,
but reached no farther than Welsh Row.
Against the battles, fire and flood,
the citizens of Nantwich stood,
their legacy remains today,
along the river Weaver way.
We thank our forebears for their thought,
the gift their graft and time has wrought.
A pleasure that is always there,
a treasure for us all to share.
Thanks to Joan Crawford for allowing me to reprint the above poem from Odd Odes, Weird Words & Loopy Letters:
which nicely sums up the main bits of the history of Nantwich.