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St James Church, Audlem.jpg
St James' Church, Audlem
Audlem is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population1,991 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSJ660436
Civil parish
  • Audlem
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCREWE
Postcode districtCW3
Dialling code01270
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°59′21″N 2°30′28″W / 52.989187°N 2.507862°W / 52.989187; -2.507862Coordinates: 52°59′21″N 2°30′28″W / 52.989187°N 2.507862°W / 52.989187; -2.507862

Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire in North West England, approximately 7 mi (11 km) 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] increasing to 1,991 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295.[3]


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.


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, bell ringing 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]

  • William Baker (1705–71) an architect, surveyor and building contractor, lived at Highfields from the 1740s. [4]
  • Henry Lisle (1846 in Audlem – 1916) lawyer [5] and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Alice E. Gillington (1863 in Audlem – 1934) author, poet and journalist, [6] she published books about Gypsies
  • Herbert Broomfield (1878 in Audlem – unknown) football goalkeeper, [7] 28 pro appearances for Bolton Wanderers F.C.
  • Peter Ellson (1925 in Audlem – 2014) professional footballing goalkeeper, [8] 219 pro appearances for Crewe Alexandra F.C.
  • Peter McGarr (born 1953) a classical composer and teacher; he 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 she was a child.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ "2001 Census: Audlem". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ Scholes, R. (2000). pages 24–25.
  4. ^ Robinson JM. 'Highfields, Audlem, Cheshire'. Country Life, 31 January 1991
  5. ^ Saskatchewan Archives Board, Members of the Legislative Assembly retrieved 17 March 2018
  6. ^ EFDSS Folk Music Journal, Alice E. Gillington, Dweller on the Roughs retrieved 17 March 2018
  7. ^ Profile at MUFC retrieved 17 March 2018
  8. ^ Crewe Alexandra F.C., 16 April 2014, Peter Ellson, A Tribute retrieved 17 March 2018
  9. ^ Website of UK Composer Peter McGarr


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

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