Cranage shown within Cheshire
|OS grid reference|
|Unitary authority||Cheshire East|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||HOLMES CHAPEL|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Cranage is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 Official UK Census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,130.
The establishment of a community in Cranage is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The manor of Cranage, unlike many estates, has not remained in one family but had changed hands many times. Historically, Cranage is an agricultural area which has had a wide variation of farming activities.
Cranage Hall was one of the principal dwellings in the area. It is believed that it was built in the 17th century incorporating elements of an earlier hall. However, Lawrence Armistead had the Hall demolished in the 19th century and the current Cranage Hall built in 1829, to a design by Lewis Wyatt. The Hall remained in possession of the Armistead family until 1920. Since then it has been part of the Cranage hospital and on the hospital's closure became a conference centre.
The parish contains neither a church nor a chapel that is currently used . The village school was closed in 1990 as a result of the drop of pupil numbers over the previous years. There is no retail outlet or post office in the parish.
The Old Vicarage Hotel, originally built in the 17th century, provides accommodation for visitors and travellers. The Swan Inn, an earlier source of accommodation, has changed purpose and is now Swan Farm.
The best single source of information on the area is A Journey through Time: Holmes Chapel, Cotton and Cranage, by Annabel Capewell, Rosemary Dear, Patricia Dingle, Rodney Smith, Terry Taylor and Janet Yarwood. It was published in 1996.
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