Hollow Lane, Cheddleton
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The village is divided into two distinct communities – the traditional village and the modern Redrow development located at St. Edward's Park, on the grounds of the old St. Edward's Psychiatric Hospital. This extensive site has been redeveloped and many of the old listed hospital buildings have been renovated, including the old hospital water tower, the highest building in the surrounding area, which now serves as an impressive private dwelling.
The traditional village is served by one shop,3 public houses, a veterinary surgery, an off licence and two churches: St Edward's (Anglican) and St Andrew's (Methodist). The modern development has limited amenities, although there is a Latin American cuisine restaurant situated on the canal side, nearby.
The village hit the headlines in March 2006 when a fire at a house on Hillside Road killed four people. The cause of the fire was quickly established as arson and eight months later a local man called Mark Goldstraw was found guilty on four counts of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum term of 35 years.
The 2011 census records a total population for Cheddleton of 5,444 persons and 2,267 households.
Historic Population Numbers
In 1563 there were 57 households in Cheddleton. By 1665 this had risen to 154 households. In 1676 the population was 326 people. Since 1801 the national census has recorded the population of the parish every 10 years. The population figures for each of the census returns is detailed below. Parish boundary changes rather than population decline probably account for the fall between 1971 and 2011.
- 1801: 1,174
- 1811: 1,392
- 1821: 1,525
- 1831: 1,664
- 1841: 1,824
- 1851: 1,877
- 1861: 2,050
- 1871: 2,098
- 1881: 2,056
- 1891: 1,973
- 1901: 2,766
- 1911: 3,443
- 1921: 3,643
- 1931: 4,431
- 1951: 4,946
- 1961: 5,414
- 1971: 6,912
St Edward's Church
In the churchyard are buried Sir Thomas Wardle (1831–1909) and his wife Elizabeth. Thomas Wardle owned a dyeworks in Leek which specialised in silk. He was a friend of the architect George Gilbert Scott, Jr. and of the artist William Morris: in the 1860s there were additions to the church by Scott, and stained-glass windows in the church were created by artists associated with William Morris.
Cheddleton Flint Mill
Cheddleton Flint Mill is a Grade II* listed building, situated along the Caldon Canal. It is a prime example of Staffordshire's industrial past – a flint grinding watermill previously used for supplying the pottery industry further along the canal in Stoke-on-Trent. It is open to the public free of charge, and has been preserved, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, by the Cheddleton Flint Mill Industrial Heritage Trust.
Every year there is a carnival organised by the Cheddleton Carnival Committee on the second Saturday in August, held on the Ashcombe Park Cricket Club car park. The committee also organises other events in the village throughout the rest of the year, most notably the Bonfire Night fireworks display – held, again, in the car park, and the 'Duck Race', held annually at the Boat Inn and raced along the canal. The committee raises funds for Cancer Research UK and to date have raised over £750,000.
Cheddleton is served by St. Edward's CE (c) First School, close to St. Edward's Church and the local community centre. Children attend the school from the beginning of their education up to Key Stage 2 (Reception class to Year 4). The school has an additional nursery provision and before / after school clubs provided on-site by Early Stages Ltd who also run Teddy's Garden Day nursery from a converted hospital building on St Edwards Park.
The old schoolhouse has been turned into a well established tea room, just down the road from St. Edward's. On the St Edward's site, the former isolation hospital has been restored and converted into a children's day nursery.
Cheddleton is home to Leek RUFC, who play their home games at Post & Times Park on St. Edward's Park. Cheddleton is also home to Ashcombe Park Cricket Club, who play their home games at Ashcombe Park Cricket Ground at the south end of the village.
The John Pointon Sports And Recreation Facility was opened at Windy Arbour, Cheddleton on the ground of the old Berresford Bus site.
Cheddleton was also home to one of the best loved MotoX tracks in the UK, the steep, mostly natural sand track hosted numerous rounds of various local and national championships.
Over the years many riders who have moved on to race at an international level have competed at Cheddleton including the son of Ron Haslam, current World Superbike rider and former Moto GP rider Leon Haslam.
- Charles Boucher, Anglican priest and first Archdeacon of Loughborough, was born and grew up in Cheddleton
- Isaac Findler, a well known local artist in the 19th century
- Ewen Henderson, ceramic artist born in Cheddleton
- Sybil Leek, grew up in Cheddleton at Victoria Cottages off Station Road and went on to become one of the most widely publicised witches of modern times writing a total of 60 books
- Sir Lee Pearson, a Paralympic horse riding champion who lives in the village. He won 10 Paralympic gold medals, and in 2004 was awarded BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.
- Jessica Sylvester, Olympic swimmer who represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics and grew up in Cheddleton
- Sampson Walker, born in Cheddleton, emigrated to Canada and founded the Walker Oil Company. He was a member of the Winnipeg city council in 1891 and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
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