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Cheshire ( ;), archaically the County Palatine of Chester, is a historic and ceremonial county in
northwest England North West England is one of nine official regions of England The regions, formerly known as the government office regions, are the highest tier of sub-national division in England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, coun ...

northwest England
. It is bordered by
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Merseyside
and
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Greater Manchester
to the north,
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Derbyshire
to the east,
Staffordshire Staffordshire (; postal abbreviation Staffs.) is a landlocked in the of England. It borders to the northwest, and to the east, to the southeast, the and to the south, and to the west. The largest settlement in Staffordshire is , whic ...

Staffordshire
and
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Shropshire
to the south, and the Welsh counties of
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and
Wrexham Wrexham ( ; cy, Wrecsam; ) is a large market town and the administrative centre of the Wrexham County Borough in Wales Wales ( cy, Cymru ) is a country that is Countries of the United Kingdom, part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered ...
to the west. Cheshire's
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is
Chester Chester is a walled cathedral city City status in the United Kingdom is granted by the the Crown, monarch of the United Kingdom to a select group of communities: , there are List of cities in the United Kingdom, 69 cities in the Unite ...

Chester
, while its largest town by population is
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Warrington
. Other major towns include
Congleton Congleton is a town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the River Dane, south of Manchester and west of the Macclesfield Canal. At the United Kingdom Census 2011, 2011 Census, it had a population of 26,482. Toponymy The town's name is o ...

Congleton
,
Crewe Crewe () is a railway town and civil parishes in England, civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East in Cheshire, England. The Crewe built-up area had a total population of 75,556 in 2011, which also covers parts of the adjacent civ ...
,
Ellesmere Port Ellesmere Port () is a port town in the Cheshire West and Chester local authority area of Cheshire, England. Ellesmere Port is north of Chester, south of Birkenhead, southwest of Runcorn and south of Liverpool. The town had a population of 5 ...

Ellesmere Port
,
Knutsford Knutsford () is a market town A market town is a European settlement that obtained by custom or royal charter, in the Middle Ages In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or medieval period lasted approximately from the 5th to ...
,
Macclesfield Macclesfield is a market town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the River Bollin in the east of the county on the edge of the Cheshire Plain, with Macclesfield Forest to its east, south of Manchester and east of Chester. Before the N ...

Macclesfield
,
Nantwich Nantwich ( ) is a market town and Civil parishes in England, civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East in Cheshire, England. It has among the highest concentrations of listed buildings in England, with notably good examples of Tudor ...
,
Northwich Northwich is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It sh ...
,
Runcorn Runcorn is an industrial town and cargo port in the Borough of Halton (''Industry fills the ship'') , image_skyline = Runcorn Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1701094.jpg , imagesize = , image_captio ...
,
Widnes Widnes ( ) is an industrial town in Cheshire Cheshire ( ; (Welsh language, Welsh: ''Sir Gaer'') formerly the County Palatine of Chester) is a Ceremonial counties of England, county in the North West of England, bordering Merseyside and Great ...
,
Wilmslow Wilmslow ( ) is a town and in , , south of city centre. The population was 24,497 at the 2011 Census. History Toponymy Wilmslow derives its name from ''Wīghelmes hlāw'' = "mound of a man called Wīghelm." Lindow Man Much about the loca ...
, and
Winsford Winsford is a town and civil parish In England, a civil parish is a type of administrative parish used for local government. It is a territorial designation which is the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties, or ...
. The county covers and has a population of around 1 million. It is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages supporting the agricultural and other industries which produce chemicals,
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, salt, and silk. It is split into the administrative districts of
Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire West and Chester is a Unitary authorities of England, unitary authority with Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough status in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the 2009 stru ...
,
Cheshire East Cheshire East is a unitary authority A unitary authority is a local authority Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration within a particular sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity tha ...
, Halton, and Warrington.


Toponymy

Cheshire's name was originally derived from an early name for Chester, and was first recorded as ''Legeceasterscir'' in the ''
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle The ''Anglo-Saxon Chronicle'' is a collection of annals in Old English Old English (, ), or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest recorded form of the English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language first spoke ...
'',Harris, B. E. and Thacker, A. T. (1987). p. 237. meaning "the shire of the city of legions".Crosby, A. (1996). page 31. Although the name first appears in 980, it is thought that the county was created by
Edward the Elder Edward the Elder (– 17 July 924) was King of the Anglo-Saxons This list of kings and queens of the Kingdom of England The Kingdom of England was a sovereign state on the island of Great Britain from 12 July 927, when it emerged from ...

Edward the Elder
around 920. In the
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, Chester was recorded as having the name ''Cestrescir'' (Chestershire), derived from the name for Chester at the time. A series of changes that occurred as English itself changed, together with some simplifications and
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, resulted in the name Cheshire, as it occurs today. Because of the historically close links with the land bordering Cheshire to the west, which became modern
Wales Wales ( cy, Cymru ) is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often referred to as the land of an individual's birth, residence or citizenship. A country may be an independent sovereign ...

Wales
, there is a history of interaction between Cheshire and North Wales. The Domesday Book records Cheshire as having two complete
Hundreds A hundred is the natural number following 99 and preceding 101. Hundred may also refer to: Units and divisions * Hundred (word) formerly also equal to 120 or other values * Hundred (unit) sometimes equal to 120 or other values ** Hundredweight (cw ...
(Atiscross and Exestan) that later became the principal part of
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. Additionally, another large portion of the Duddestan Hundred later became known as
Maelor Saesneg English Maelor ( cy, Maelor Saesneg) comprises one half of the Maelor region on the Welsh side of the Wales-England border, being the area of the Maelor east of the River Dee, Wales, River Dee. The region has changed counties several times, previou ...
when it was transferred to North Wales. For this and other reasons, the
Welsh language Welsh ( or ) is a Brittonic languages, Brittonic language of the Celtic language family that is native to the Welsh people. Welsh is spoken natively in Wales, by some in England, and in Y Wladfa (the Welsh colony in Chubut Province, Argentina ...
name for Cheshire (''Swydd Gaerlleon'') is sometimes used.


History


Earldom

After the Norman conquest of 1066 by
William I William I (c. 1028Bates ''William the Conqueror'' p. 33 – 9 September 1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first House of Normandy, Norman List of English monarchs, monarch of Engla ...

William I
, dissent and resistance continued for many years after the invasion. In 1069 local resistance in Cheshire was finally put down using draconian measures as part of the
Harrying of the North The Harrying of the North was a number of campaigns waged by William the Conqueror William I (c. 1028Bates ''William the Conqueror'' p. 33 – 9 September 1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bast ...
. The ferocity of the campaign against the English populace was enough to end all future resistance. Examples were made of major landowners such as Earl
Edwin of Mercia Edwin (Old English Old English (, ), or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest recorded form of the English language English is a West Germanic languages, West Germanic language first spoken in History of Anglo-Saxon England, early medieval Englan ...
, their properties confiscated and redistributed amongst Norman barons. The earldom was sufficiently independent from the kingdom of England that the 13th-century
Magna Carta (Medieval Latin for "Great Charter of Freedoms"), commonly called (also ''Magna Charta''; "Great Charter"), is a Royal charter, royal charter of rights agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, Berkshire, Windsor, on ...

Magna Carta
did not apply to the shire of
Chester Chester is a walled cathedral city City status in the United Kingdom is granted by the the Crown, monarch of the United Kingdom to a select group of communities: , there are List of cities in the United Kingdom, 69 cities in the Unite ...

Chester
, so the
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wrote up his own Chester Charter at the petition of his barons.


County Palatine

William I made Cheshire a
county palatine In England, Wales and Ireland a county palatine or palatinate was an area ruled by a hereditary nobleman enjoying special authority and autonomy from the rest of a Monarchy, kingdom or empire. The name derives from the Latin adjective ''palātīnu ...
and gave Gerbod the Fleming the new title of
Earl of Chester The Earldom of Chester (Welsh: ''Iarllaeth Caer'') was one of the most powerful earldoms in medieval England England in the Middle Ages concerns the history of England The British Isles became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the ...
. When Gerbod returned to
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Normandy
in about 1070, the king used his absence to declare the earldom forfeit and gave the title to
Hugh d'Avranches Hugh d'Avranches ( – 27 July 1101), nicknamed ''le Gros'' (the Fat) or ''Lupus'' (the Wolf), was from 1071 the second Norman Earl of Chester. and one of the great magnates of early Norman England. Early life and career Hugh d'Avranches wa ...

Hugh d'Avranches
(nicknamed Hugh Lupus, or "wolf"). Because of Cheshire's strategic location on the
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, the Earl had complete autonomous powers to rule on behalf of the king in the county palatine.


Hundreds

Cheshire in the
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(1086) is recorded as a much larger county than it is today. It included two
hundreds A hundred is the natural number following 99 and preceding 101. Hundred may also refer to: Units and divisions * Hundred (word) formerly also equal to 120 or other values * Hundred (unit) sometimes equal to 120 or other values ** Hundredweight (cw ...
, Atiscross and Exestan, that later became part of North
Wales Wales ( cy, Cymru ) is a country A country is a distinct territory, territorial body or political entity. It is often referred to as the land of an individual's birth, residence or citizenship. A country may be an independent sovereign ...

Wales
. At the time of the Domesday Book, it also included as part of Duddestan Hundred the area of land later known as English Maelor (which used to be a detached part of
Flintshire , settlement_type = County A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh in certain modern nati ...
) in Wales. The area between the
Mersey The River Mersey () is a river in the North West of England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea ...
and Ribble (referred to in the Domesday Book as "Inter Ripam et Mersam") formed part of the returns for Cheshire.Sylvester (1980). p. 14. Although this has been interpreted to mean that at that time south Lancashire was part of Cheshire, more exhaustive research indicates that the boundary between Cheshire and what was to become Lancashire remained the
River Mersey The River Mersey () is a river in the North West of England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Sea ...
. With minor variations in spelling across sources, the complete list of
hundreds of CheshireThe Hundreds of Cheshire, as with other Hundred (county subdivision), Hundreds in England, were the geographic divisions of Cheshire for administrative, military and judicial purposes. They were introduced in Cheshire some time before the Norman con ...
at this time are: Atiscross, Bochelau, Chester, Dudestan, Exestan, Hamestan, Middlewich, Riseton, Roelau, Tunendune, Warmundestrou and Wilaveston.


Feudal baronies

There were 8 feudal baronies in Chester, the barons of Kinderton, Halton, Malbank, Mold, Shipbrook, Dunham-Massey, and the honour of Chester itself. Feudal baronies or baronies by tenure were granted by the Earl as forms of
feudal land tenure Under the English feudal system Feudalism as practiced in the Kingdom of England during the medieval period was a state of human society that organized political and military leadership and force around a stratified formal structure based on Feuda ...
within the palatinate in a similar way to which the king granted
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within England proper. An example is the barony of Halton. One of Hugh d'Avranche's barons has been identified as Robert Nicholls, Baron of Halton and Montebourg.


North Mersey to Lancashire

In 1182, the land north of the Mersey became administered as part of the new county of
Lancashire Lancashire ( , ; abbreviated Lancs.) is a non-metropolitan and ceremonial county The counties and areas for the purposes of the lieutenancies, also referred to as the lieutenancy areas of England and informally known as ceremonial coun ...

Lancashire
, resolving any uncertainty about the county in which the land "Inter Ripam et Mersam" was. Over the years, the ten hundreds consolidated and changed names to leave just seven—Broxton, Bucklow, Eddisbury, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Northwich and Wirral.


Principality: Merging of Palatine and Earldom

In 1397 the county had lands in the march of Wales added to its territory, and was promoted to the rank of principality. This was because of the support the men of the county had given to King Richard II, in particular by his standing armed force of about 500 men called the "Cheshire Guard". As a result, the King's title was changed to "King of England and France, Lord of Ireland, and Prince of Chester". No other English county has been honoured in this way, although it lost the distinction on Richard's fall in 1399.


Lieutenancy: North split-off


District

Through the
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, which came into effect on 1 April 1974, some areas in the north became part of the metropolitan counties of
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county and combined authority, combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, City of Salford, Salford, Metropolitan Borough ...

Greater Manchester
and
Merseyside Merseyside ( ) is a metropolitan Metropolitan may refer to: * Metropolitan area, a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories * Metropolitan borough, a form of local government district in ...

Merseyside
.
Stockport Stockport is a large town in Greater Manchester Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county and combined authority, combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manc ...
(previously a county borough),
Altrincham Altrincham ( , locally ) is a market town in Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, south of the River Mersey southwest of Manchester city centre, southwest of Sale, Greater Manchester, Sale and east of Warrington. At the United Kingdom Cen ...
, Hyde,
Dukinfield Dukinfield is a town in Tameside The Metropolitan Borough of Tameside is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. It is named after the River Tame, Greater Manchester, River Tame, which flows through the borough and ...
and
Stalybridge Stalybridge () is a town in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 23,731 at the 2011 Census. Historic counties of England, Historically part of Cheshire, it is east of Manchester city centre and north-west of Glossop. Whe ...

Stalybridge
in the north-east became part of Greater Manchester. Much of the
Wirral Peninsula Wirral (), also known as The Wirral, is a peninsula A peninsula ( la, paeninsula from ' "almost" and ' "island") is a landform surrounded by water on most of its border while being connected to a mainland from which it extends. The surroundi ...
in the north-west, including the county boroughs of Birkenhead and Wallasey, joined Merseyside as the
Metropolitan Borough of Wirral The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, in North West England. It has a population of 321,238, and encompasses of the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula. Major settlements include Birkenhead, Wallase ...
. At the same time the
Tintwistle Rural District Tintwistle Rural District was a local government district in north east Cheshire, England from 1894 to 1974.Derbyshire Derbyshire (; or ) is a county in the East Midlands The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England The regions, formerly known as the government office regions, are the highest tier of sub-national division in England ...

Derbyshire
. The area of south Lancashire not included within either the Merseyside or Greater Manchester counties, including
Widnes Widnes ( ) is an industrial town in Cheshire Cheshire ( ; (Welsh language, Welsh: ''Sir Gaer'') formerly the County Palatine of Chester) is a Ceremonial counties of England, county in the North West of England, bordering Merseyside and Great ...
and the county borough of
Warrington (God giveth the increase) , image_skyline = Warrington Town Hall.jpg , imagesize = 280px , image_caption = Warrington Town Hall , image_flag = , flag_size = , image_seal = , seal_size ...

Warrington
, was added to the new non-metropolitan county of Cheshire.Local Government Act 1972


District and Unitary

Halton (borough), Halton and
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Warrington
became unitary authorities independent of Cheshire County Council on 1 April 1998, but remain part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes and also for fire and policing. A referendum for a further local government reform connected with an elected regional assemblies in England, regional assembly was planned for 2004, but was abandoned.


Unitary

As part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, local government restructuring in April 2009, Cheshire County Council and the Cheshire districts were abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities,
Cheshire East Cheshire East is a unitary authority A unitary authority is a local authority Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration within a particular sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity tha ...
and
Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire West and Chester is a Unitary authorities of England, unitary authority with Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough status in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the 2009 stru ...
. The existing unitary authorities of Halton (borough), Halton and
Warrington (God giveth the increase) , image_skyline = Warrington Town Hall.jpg , imagesize = 280px , image_caption = Warrington Town Hall , image_flag = , flag_size = , image_seal = , seal_size ...

Warrington
were not affected by the change.


Governance


Current

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Cheshire has no county-wide elected local council, but it does have a Lord Lieutenant under the Lieutenancies Act 1997 and a High Sheriff of Cheshire, High Sheriff under the Sheriffs Act 1887. Local government functions apart from the Police and Fire/Rescue services are carried out by four smaller unitary authorities:
Cheshire East Cheshire East is a unitary authority A unitary authority is a local authority Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration within a particular sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity tha ...
,
Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire West and Chester is a Unitary authorities of England, unitary authority with Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough status in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the 2009 stru ...
, Halton (borough), Halton, and
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Warrington
. All four unitary authority areas have Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough status. Policing and fire and rescue services are still provided across the county as a whole. The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire Authority consist of members of the four councils, while governance of Cheshire Constabulary is performed by the elected Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Winsford is a major administrative hub for Cheshire with the Police and Fire & Rescue Headquarters based in the town as well as a majority of Cheshire West and Chester Council. It was also home to the former Vale Royal Borough Council and Cheshire County Council.


Transition into a lieutenantcy

From 1 April 1974 the area under the control of the county council was divided into eight local government districts; Chester (district), Chester, Congleton (borough), Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, Ellesmere Port and Neston, Halton (borough), Halton, Macclesfield (borough), Macclesfield, Vale Royal and
Warrington (God giveth the increase) , image_skyline = Warrington Town Hall.jpg , imagesize = 280px , image_caption = Warrington Town Hall , image_flag = , flag_size = , image_seal = , seal_size ...

Warrington
. Halton (borough), Halton (which includes the towns of
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and
Widnes Widnes ( ) is an industrial town in Cheshire Cheshire ( ; (Welsh language, Welsh: ''Sir Gaer'') formerly the County Palatine of Chester) is a Ceremonial counties of England, county in the North West of England, bordering Merseyside and Great ...
) and
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Warrington
became unitary authority, unitary authorities in 1998. The remaining districts and the county were abolished as part of local government restructuring on 1 April 2009. The Halton and Warrington boroughs were not affected by the 2009 restructuring. On 25 July 2007, the Secretary of State Hazel Blears announced she was 'minded' to split Cheshire into two new unitary authorities,
Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire West and Chester is a Unitary authorities of England, unitary authority with Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough status in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the 2009 stru ...
, and
Cheshire East Cheshire East is a unitary authority A unitary authority is a local authority Local government is a generic term for the lowest tiers of public administration within a particular sovereign state A sovereign state is a political entity tha ...
. She confirmed she had not changed her mind on 19 December 2007 and therefore the proposal to split two-tier Cheshire into two would proceed. Cheshire County Council leader Paul Findlow, who attempted High Court legal action against the proposal, claimed that splitting Cheshire would only disrupt excellent services while increasing living costs for all. A widespread sentiment that this decision was taken by the European Union long ago has often been portrayed via angered letters from Cheshire residents to local papers. On 31 January 2008 ''The Standard'', Cheshire and district's newspaper, announced that the legal action had been dropped. Members against the proposal were advised that they may be unable to persuade the court that the decision of Hazel Blears was "manifestly absurd". The Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority covers the area formerly occupied by the City of Chester and the boroughs of Ellesmere Port and Neston and Vale Royal; Cheshire East now covers the area formerly occupied by the boroughs of Congleton, Crewe and Nantwich, and Macclesfield. The changes were implemented on 1 April 2009. Congleton, Congleton Borough Council pursued an appeal against the judicial review it lost in October 2007. The appeal was dismissed on 4 March 2008.


Geography


Physical

Cheshire covers a boulder clay plain separating the hills of North Wales and the Peak District (the area is also known as the Cheshire Plain, Cheshire Gap). This was formed following the retreat of Quaternary glaciation, ice age glaciers which left the area dotted with kettle holes, locally referred to as meres. The bedrock of this region is almost entirely Triassic sandstone, outcrops of which have long been quarried, notably at
Runcorn Runcorn is an industrial town and cargo port in the Borough of Halton (''Industry fills the ship'') , image_skyline = Runcorn Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1701094.jpg , imagesize = , image_captio ...
, providing the distinctive red stone for Liverpool Cathedral and Chester Cathedral. The eastern half of the county is Upper Triassic Mercia Mudstone Group, Mercia Mudstone laid down with large table salt, salt deposits which were mined for hundreds of years around
Winsford Winsford is a town and civil parish In England, a civil parish is a type of administrative parish used for local government. It is a territorial designation which is the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties, or ...
. Separating this area from Lower Triassic Sherwood Sandstone to the west is a prominent sandstone ridge known as the Mid Cheshire Ridge. A footpath, the Sandstone Trail, follows this ridge from Frodsham to Whitchurch, Shropshire, Whitchurch passing Delamere Forest, Beeston Castle and earlier Iron Age forts. The highest point (county top) of the historic county of Cheshire is Black Hill (Peak District), Black Hill () near Crowden, Derbyshire, Crowden in the Cheshire Panhandle, a long eastern projection of the county along the northern side of Longdendale, and on the border with the West Riding of Yorkshire (Black Hill is now the highest point in the ceremonial county of West Yorkshire). Within the current ceremonial county and the unitary authority of
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the highest point is Shining Tor on the Derbyshire/Cheshire border between
Macclesfield Macclesfield is a market town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the River Bollin in the east of the county on the edge of the Cheshire Plain, with Macclesfield Forest to its east, south of Manchester and east of Chester. Before the N ...

Macclesfield
and Buxton, at above sea level. After Shining Tor, the next highest point in Cheshire is Shutlingsloe, at above sea level. Shutlingshoe lies just to the south of Macclesfield Forest and is sometimes humorously referred to as the "Matterhorn of Cheshire" thanks to its distinctive steep profile.


Human


Green belt

Cheshire contains portions of two Green belt (United Kingdom), green belt areas surrounding the large conurbations of Merseyside and Greater Manchester (North Cheshire Green Belt, part of the North West Green Belt) and Stoke-on-Trent (South Cheshire Green Belt, part of the Stoke-on-Trent Green Belt), these were first drawn up from the 1950s. Contained primarily within Cheshire East and Chester West & Chester, with small portions along the borders of the Halton and Warrington districts, towns and cities such as Chester, Macclesfield, Alsager, Congleton, Northwich, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford, Warrington, Poynton, Disley, Neston, Wilmslow, Runcorn, and Widnes are either surrounded wholly, partially enveloped by, or on the fringes of the belts. The North Cheshire Green Belt is contiguous with the Peak District, Peak District Park boundary inside Cheshire.


Borders

The Ceremonial counties of England, ceremonial county borders
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,
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,
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,
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and
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in England along with
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and
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in Wales, arranged by compass directions as shown in the table. below. Cheshire also forms part of the North West England region.


Demography


Population

Based on the Census of 2001, the overall population of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester is 673,781, of which 51.3% of the population were male and 48.7% were female. Of those aged between 0–14 years, 51.5% were male and 48.4% were female; and of those aged over 75 years, 62.9% were female and 37.1% were male. This increased to 699,735 at the 2011 Census. The population for 2021 is forecast to be 708,000. In 2001, the population density of Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester was 32 people per km2, lower than the North West average of 42 people/km2 and the England and Wales average of 38 people/km2.
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Ellesmere Port
and Neston had a greater urban density than the rest of the county with 92 people/km2.


Population change


Ethnicity

In 2001, ethnic white groups accounted for 98% (662,794) of the population, and 10,994 (2%) in ethnic groups other than white. Of the 2% in non-white ethnic groups: *3,717 (34%) belonged to mixed ethnic groups *3,336 (30%) were Asian or Asian British *1,076 (10%) were Black or Black British *1,826 (17%) were of Chinese ethnic groups *1,039 (9%) were of other ethnic groups.


Religion

In the 2001 Census, 81% of the population (542,413) identified themselves as Christian; 124,677 (19%) did not identify with any religion or did not answer the question; 5,665 (1%) identified themselves as belonging to other major world religions; and 1,033 belonged to other religions. The boundary of the Church of England Diocese of Chester follows most closely the pre-1974 county boundary of Cheshire, so it includes all of Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Wirral,
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, and the Cheshire panhandle that included
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, Salt in Cheshire, salt and silk. The county has seen a number of Cheshire Inventions, Innovations and Firsts, inventions and firsts in its history. A mainly rural county, Cheshire has a high concentration of villages. Agriculture is generally based on the dairy trade, and cattle are the predominant livestock. Land use given to agriculture has fluctuated somewhat, and in 2005 totalled 1558 km2 over 4,609 holdings. Based on holdings by EC farm type in 2005, 8.51 km2 was allocated to dairy farming, with another 11.78 km2 allocated to cattle and sheep. The chemical industry in Cheshire was founded in Roman Britain, Roman times, with the Salt in Cheshire, mining of salt in Middlewich and Northwich. Salt is still mined in the area by British Salt. The salt mining has led to a continued chemical industry around Northwich, with Brunner Mond based in the town. Other chemical companies, including Ineos (formerly Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI), have plants at
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. The Essar Refinery (formerly Royal Dutch Shell, Shell Stanlow Refinery) is at Ellesmere Port. The oil refinery has operated since 1924 and has a capacity of 12 million tonnes per year. Crewe was once the centre of the Rail transport in Great Britain, British railway industry, and remains a major railway junction. The Crewe Works, Crewe railway works, built in 1840, employed 20,000 people at its peak, although the workforce is now less than 1,000. Crewe is also the home of Bentley cars. Also within Cheshire are manufacturing plants for Jaguar (car), Jaguar and Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port. The county also has an aircraft industry, with the BAE Systems facility at Woodford Aerodrome, part of BAE System's Military Air Solutions division. The facility designed and constructed Avro Lancaster and Avro Vulcan bombers and the Hawker-Siddeley Nimrod. On the Cheshire border with
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is the Broughton, Flintshire, Broughton aircraft factory, more recently associated with Airbus. Tourism in Cheshire from within the UK and overseas continues to perform strongly. Over 8 million nights of accommodation (both UK and overseas) and over 2.8 million visits to Cheshire were recorded during 2003. At the start of 2003, there were 22,020 VAT-registered enterprises in Cheshire, an increase of 7% since 1998, many in the business services (31.9%) and wholesale/retail (21.7%) sectors. Between 2002 and 2003 the number of businesses grew in four sectors: public administration and other services (6.0%), hotels and restaurants (5.1%), construction (1.7%), and business services (1.0%). The county saw the largest proportional reduction between 2001 and 2002 in employment in the energy and water sector and there was also a significant reduction in the manufacturing sector. The largest growth during this period was in the other services and distribution, hotels and retail sectors. Cheshire is considered to be an affluent county. However, towns such as Crewe and Winsford have significant deprivation. The county's proximity to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool means counter urbanisation is common. Cheshire West has a fairly large proportion of residents who work in Liverpool and Manchester, while the town of Northwich and area of Cheshire East falls more within Manchester's sphere of influence.


Education

All four Local Education Authority, local education authorities in Cheshire operate only comprehensive state school systems. When
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, Sale, Greater Manchester, Sale and Bebington were moved from Cheshire to Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Trafford and
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in 1974, they took some former Cheshire selective schools. There are two universities based in the county, the University of Chester and the Chester campus of The University of Law. The
Crewe Crewe () is a railway town and civil parishes in England, civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East in Cheshire, England. The Crewe built-up area had a total population of 75,556 in 2011, which also covers parts of the adjacent civ ...
campus of Manchester Metropolitan University was scheduled to close in 2019.


Culture


Arts and entertainment

Cheshire has produced notable musicians such as Rick Astley, Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Harry Styles of One Direction, the members of The 1975, Gary Barlow of Take That, Ian Astbury of The Cult, Van McCann of Catfish and the Bottlemen, concert pianist Stephen Hough, John Mayall of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and Tim Burgess (artist), Tim Burgess of The Charlatans (English band), The Charlatans. Oxford-born singer Thea Gilmore resides in the county with her producer husband Nigel Stonier, who is a Cheshire native. Actors from Cheshire include Daniel Craig, Tim Curry, Pete Postlethwaite, Wendy Hiller, and Lewis McGibbon. The county has also been the origin of several acclaimed writers, including Hall Caine, Alan Garner, Elizabeth Gaskell, and most famously Lewis Carroll, who wrote ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' and named its Cheshire Cat character after the county. Artists from Cheshire include ceramic artist Emma Bossons and sculptor/photographer Andy Goldsworthy. Local radio stations in the county include Dee 106.3, Capital North West and Wales, Capital, Smooth Wales, Smooth Radio, Silk FM, Signal 1, Wire FM, and Wish FM. It is one of only four counties in the country (along with County Durham, Dorset, and Rutland) that does not have its own designated BBC radio station; the south and parts of the east are covered by BBC Radio Stoke, while BBC Radio Merseyside tends to cover the west, and BBC Radio Manchester covers the north and parts of the east. The BBC directs readers to Stoke on Trent, Stoke and
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when Cheshire is selected on their website. There were plans to launch BBC Radio Cheshire, but those were shelved in 2007 after the BBC license fee settlement was lower than expected. The Royal Cheshire Show, an annual agricultural show, has taken place since the 1800s.


Sports

Cheshire has been home to numerous athletes. Many Premier League footballers have relocated there over the years upon joining teams such as Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, Everton FC, and Liverpool FC, which are all located nearby. These include Dean Ashton, Seth Johnson, Michael Owen, Jesse Lingard, and Wayne Rooney. The "Golden Triangle (Cheshire), Golden Triangle" is the collective name for a group of adjacent Cheshire villages where the amount of footballers, actors, and entrepreneurs moving in over the years led to the average house prices becoming some of the most expensive in the UK. Other local athletes include rock climber Shauna Coxsey (currently the most successful competitive climber in the UK), cricketer Ian Botham, marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, oarsman Matt Langridge, hurdler Shirley Strong, sailor Ben Ainslie, cyclist Sarah Storey, and mountaineer George Mallory. Cheshire has also produced a military hero in Norman Cyril Jones, a World War I flying ace who won the Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom), Distinguished Flying Cross. Cheshire has one Football League team, Crewe Alexandra F.C., Crewe Alexandra FC, which plays in Football League One, League One. Chester F.C., Chester FC, a phoenix club formed in 2010 after ex-Football League club Chester City F.C., Chester City FC was dissolved, competes in the National League North. Northwich Victoria F.C., Northwich Victoria FC, another ex-League team which was a founding member of the Football League Division Two in 1892/1893, now represents Cheshire in the Northern Premier League along with Nantwich Town F.C., Nantwich Town FC, Warrington Town F.C., Warrington Town FC, and Witton Albion F.C., Witton Albion FC. Macclesfield Town F.C., Macclesfield Town FC formerly played in the National League (English football), National League, but went into liquidation in 2020. The Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings are the premier rugby league teams in Cheshire; the former plays in the Super League, while the latter plays in the RFL Championship, Championship. There are also numerous junior clubs in the county, including Chester Gladiators. Cheshire County Cricket Club is one of the clubs that make up the minor counties of English and Welsh cricket. Cheshire also is represented in the highest level basketball league in the UK, the British Basketball League, BBL, by Cheshire Phoenix (formerly Cheshire Jets). Europe's largest motorcycle event, the Thundersprint, is held in
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every May.


Modern county emblem

As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife chose the Cardamine pratensis, cuckooflower as the county flower. Previously, a sheaf of golden wheat was the county emblem, a reference to the Earl of Chester's arms in use from the 12th century.


Landmarks

Prehistoric burial grounds have been discovered at The Bridestones near
Congleton Congleton is a town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the River Dane, south of Manchester and west of the Macclesfield Canal. At the United Kingdom Census 2011, 2011 Census, it had a population of 26,482. Toponymy The town's name is o ...

Congleton
(Neolithic) and Robin Hood's Tump near Alpraham (Bronze Age). The remains of Iron Age hill forts are found on sandstone ridges at several locations in Cheshire. Examples include Maiden Castle, Cheshire, Maiden Castle on Bickerton Hill, Helsby Hillfort and Woodhouse Hillfort at Frodsham. The Roman fortress and walls of
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Chester
, perhaps the earliest building works in Cheshire remaining above ground, are constructed from purple-grey sandstone. The distinctive local red sandstone has been used for many monumental and ecclesiastical buildings throughout the county: for example, the medieval Beeston Castle, Chester Cathedral and numerous parish churches. Occasional residential and industrial buildings, such as Helsby railway station (1849), are also in this sandstone. Many surviving buildings from the 15th to 17th centuries are timbered, particularly in the southern part of the county. Notable examples include the moated manor house Little Moreton Hall, dating from around 1450, and many commercial and residential buildings in Chester,
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and surrounding villages. Early brick buildings include Peover Hall near
Macclesfield Macclesfield is a market town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the River Bollin in the east of the county on the edge of the Cheshire Plain, with Macclesfield Forest to its east, south of Manchester and east of Chester. Before the N ...

Macclesfield
(1585), Tattenhall Hall (pre-1622), and the Pied Bull Hotel in Chester (17th-century). From the 18th century, orange, red or brown brick became the predominant building material used in Cheshire, although earlier buildings are often faced or dressed with stone. Examples from the Victorian period onwards often employ distinctive brick detailing, such as brick patterning and ornate chimney stacks and gables. Notable examples include Arley Hall near
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, Willington Hall near Chester (both by Nantwich architect George Latham (architect), George Latham) and Overleigh Lodge, Chester. From the Victorian era, brick buildings often incorporate timberwork in a mock Tudor style, and this hybrid style has been used in some modern residential developments in the county. Industrial buildings, such as the Macclesfield silk mills (for example
Waters Green New Mill
, are also usually in brick.


Settlements

The county is home to some of the most affluent areas of northern England, including Alderley Edge,
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, Prestbury, Cheshire, Prestbury, Tarporley and
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, named in 2006 as the most expensive place to buy a house in the north of England. The former Cheshire town of
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was in second place. The area is sometimes referred to as Golden Triangle (Cheshire), The Golden Triangle on account of the area in and around the aforementioned towns and villages. The cities and towns in Cheshire are: Some settlements which were historically part of the county now fall under the counties of Derbyshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester:


Transport


Buses

Bus transport in Cheshire is provided by various operators. The major bus operator in the Cheshire area is Arriva North West. Other operators in Cheshire include Stagecoach Chester & Wirral and Network Warrington. There are also several operators based outside of Cheshire, who either run services wholly within the area or services which start from outside the area. Companies include Arriva Buses Wales, BakerBus, High Peak, First Greater Manchester, D&G bus and Stagecoach Manchester. Some services are run under contract to Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Borough of Halton and Warrington Councils.


Railway

The main railway line through the county is the West Coast Main Line. Trains on the main London to Scotland line call at Crewe railway station, Crewe (in the south of the county) and Warrington Bank Quay railway station, Warrington Bank Quay (in the north of the county). Trains stop at Crewe and Runcorn on the Liverpool branch of the WCML; Crewe and Macclesfield are each hourly stops on the two Manchester branches. The major interchanges are: *Crewe railway station, Crewe (the biggest station in Cheshire) for trains to London Euston railway station, London Euston, Glasgow Central railway station, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley railway station, Edinburgh Waverley, Manchester Piccadilly railway station, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street railway station, Liverpool Lime Street (via the WCML). Trains on other routes travel to Wales, the Midlands (Birmingham New Street railway station, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent railway station, Stoke and Derby railway station, Derby) as well as suburban services to Manchester Piccadilly, Chester railway station, Chester and Liverpool Lime Street. *
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Warrington
stations (Warrington Central railway station, Central and Warrington Bank Quay railway station, Bank Quay) for suburban services to Manchester Piccadilly, Chester railway station, Chester and Liverpool Lime Street and regional express services to North Wales, London, Scotland, Yorkshire, the East Coast and the East Midlands *Chester railway station, Chester for urban services (via Merseyrail) to Liverpool Central railway station, Liverpool Central, suburban services to Manchester Piccadilly railway station, Manchester, Warrington Bank Quay railway station, Warrington, Wrexham General railway station, Wrexham General and rural Cheshire and express services to Llandudno railway station, Llandudno, Holyhead railway station, Holyhead, Birmingham New Street railway station, Birmingham, the West Midlands, London and Cardiff Central railway station, Cardiff and, from May 2019, to Leeds railway station, Leeds. In the east of Cheshire, Macclesfield railway station, Macclesfield station is served by Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Northern (train operating company), Northern, on the Manchester–London line. Services from Manchester to the south coast frequently stop at Macclesfield.


Road

Cheshire has of roads, including of the M6 motorway, M6, M62 motorway, M62, M53 motorway, M53 and M56 motorway, M56 motorways; there are 23 interchanges and four service areas. The M6 motorway at the Thelwall Viaduct carries 140,000 vehicles every 24 hours.


Waterways

File:Anderton Boat Lift.jpg, Anderton Boat Lift File:River Dee Chester England.jpg, Chester Weir on the River Dee (United Kingdom), River Dee File:Canal near Newton.jpg, Canal cutting by Chester city walls File:Ellesmere-port-stanlow.jpg, Manchester Ship Canal from Ellesmere Port Dock towards Stanlow Refinery, Stanlow Canals in Cheshire, The Cheshire canal system includes several canals originally used to transport the county's industrial products (mostly chemicals). Nowadays they are mainly used for tourist traffic. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale Canal, Rochdale, Ashton Canal, Ashton, Peak Forest Canal, Peak Forest, Macclesfield Canal, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey Canal, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater Canal, Bridgewater canals. The Manchester Ship Canal is a wide, stretch of water opened in 1894. It consists of the rivers River Irwell, Irwell and
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made navigable to Manchester for seagoing ships leaving the Mersey estuary. The canal passes through the north of the county via Runcorn and Warrington.


List of rivers and canals

* Bridgewater Canal * Macclesfield Canal * Manchester Ship Canal * River Bollin * River Croco * River Dane * River Dean * River Dee (Wales), River Dee / Afon Dyfrdwy * River Gowy * River Goyt *
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* River Weaver, River Weaver and Weaver Navigation * River Wheelock * Shropshire Union Canal and the Llangollen Canal, Llangollen branch * Trent and Mersey Canal


See also

* ''Outline of England'' * Cheshire (UK Parliament constituency), historical list of MPs for Cheshire constituency * Healthcare in Cheshire * Custos Rotulorum of Cheshire – Keepers of the Rolls * Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire * High Sheriff of Cheshire * Cheshire Cat *
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List of parks and open spaces in CheshirePlaces to visit, stay, shop and eat in Cheshire
*Constable of Chester


Notes and references


Notes


Bibliography

* Crosby, A. (1996). ''A History of Cheshire.'' ''(The Darwen County History Series.)'' Chichester, UK: Phillimore & Co . * Harris, B. E., and Thacker, A. T. (1987). ''The Victoria History of the County of Chester. (Volume 1: Physique, Prehistory, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Domesday).'' Oxford: Oxford University Press. . * Morgan, P. (Ed.) (1978). ''Domesday Book. Volume 26: Cheshire''. Chichester, Sussex: Phillmore and Company Limited. . * Phillips, A. D. M., and Phillips, C. B. (Eds.) (2002). ''A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire.'' Chester, UK: Cheshire County Council and Cheshire Community Council Publications Trust. . * Shores, Christopher; Norman Franks, Franks, Norman; Guest, Russell (1990). ''Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915–1920''. Grub Street. , . * Sylvester, D. (1980). ''A History of Cheshire, (The Darwen County History Series.)'' (Second Edition, original publication date, 1971). London and Chichester, UK: Phillimore & Co. Ltd. .


Further reading

* Beck, J. (1969). ''Tudor Cheshire. (Volume 7 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Bu'Lock, J. D. (1972). ''Pre-Conquest Cheshire 383–1066. (Volume 3 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Dore, R.N. (1966). ''The Civil Wars in Cheshire. (Volume 8 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Driver, J. T. (1971). ''Cheshire in the Later Middle Ages 1399–1540. (Volume 6 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Harris, B. E. (1979). The Victoria History of the County of Chester. (Volume 2).'' Oxford: Oxford University Press. . * Harris, B. E. (1980). The Victoria History of the County of Chester. (Volume 3).'' Oxford: Oxford University Press. . * Hewitt, H. J. (1967). ''Cheshire Under the Three Edwards. (Volume 5 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Higham, N. J. (1993). ''The Origins of Cheshire.'' Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. . * Hodson, J. H. (1978). ''Cheshire, 1660–1780: Restoration to Industrial Revolution. (Volume 9 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. . * Husain, B. M. C. (1973). ''Cheshire Under the Norman Earls 1066–1237. (Volume 4 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Morgan, V., and Morgan, P. (2004). ''Prehistoric Cheshire.'' Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Landmark Publishing Company. . * Scard, G. (1981). ''Squire and Tenant: Rural Life in Cheshire 1760–1900. (Volume 10 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. . * Scholes, R. (2000). ''The Towns and Villages of Britain: Cheshire.'' Wilmslow, Cheshire: Sigma Press. . * . * Sylvester. D., and Nulty, G. (1958). ''The Historical Atlas of Cheshire.'' (Third Edition) Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Thompson, F. H. (1965). ''Roman Cheshire. (Volume 2 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Tigwell, R. E. (1985). ''Cheshire in the Twentieth Century. (Volume 11 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Varley, W. J. (1964). ''Cheshire Before the Romans. (Volume 1 of Cheshire Community Council Series: A History of Cheshire).'' Series Editor: J. J. Bagley. Chester, UK: Cheshire Community Council. * Youngs, F. A. (1991). ''Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. (Volume 1: Northern England).'' London: Royal Historical Society. .


External links

*
Cheshire LieutenancyCheshire Market TownsChester, Cheshire & Beyond – The official tourist board for Chester & CheshireImages of Cheshire
at the English Heritage Archive
Office for National Statistics – 2001 Bicentenary – Cheshire
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