Audlem

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Coordinates: 52°59′21″N 2°30′28″W / 52.989187°N 2.507862°W / 52.989187; -2.507862

Audlem
St James Church, Audlem.jpg
St James' Church, Audlem
Audlem is located in Cheshire
Audlem
Audlem
 Audlem shown within Cheshire
Population 1,790 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ660436
Civil parish Audlem
Unitary authority Cheshire East
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CREWE
Postcode district CW3
Dialling code 01270
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Eddisbury
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Cheshire

Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire in the north west of England, approximately 11 km (6.8 mi) south of Nantwich. Close to the border with the neighbouring county of Shropshire, the village is eight miles (13 km) east of Whitchurch and seven miles (11 km) north of Market Drayton. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,790.[1]

In 2005 it was voted Cheshire's 'Village of the Year' and the North of England 'Village of the Year' also the 'Most Vibrant Village in Cheshire'. After also winning the county's 'Building Community Life' award, Audlem went on to win England's 'Building Community Life' award.

History[edit]

Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295.[2]

Geography[edit]

It is situated on the Shropshire Union Canal which has a run of 15 locks, designed by Thomas Telford, to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plain to the 93 feet (28 m) higher Shropshire Plain. The River Weaver passes west of the village. Audlem railway station closed along with the local railway line in the 1960s.

Landmarks[edit]

Moss Hall is an Elizabethan timber-framed hall from 1616 which is 0.5 miles (1 km) from Audlem village centre.

Education and facilities[edit]

Audlem has clubs for tennis, badminton, football, cricket, golf, pigeon racing (or pigeon-fancying), caravanning and bowls. Cyclists meet informally at The Old Priest-House Cafe.

Saint James' primary school is the only school in the village.

Notable residents and associated people[edit]

Architect William Baker (1705–71) lived at Highfields from the 1740s.[3]

British composer Peter McGarr (born 1953) has written several pieces inspired by Audlem ('Audlem Sonatas', 'Night-time' and 'Mourning Gamelan'), as homage to his mother who lived in the village when a child.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: Audlem". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2007. 
  2. ^ Scholes, R. (2000). pages 24–25.
  3. ^ Robinson JM. 'Highfields, Audlem, Cheshire'. Country Life, 31 January 1991
  4. ^ http://www.petermcgarr-composer.co.uk

Bibliography[edit]

  • Scholes, R. (2000). Towns and villages of Britain: Cheshire. Wilmslow, Cheshire: Sigma Press. ISBN 1-85058-637-3. 

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