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Wrinehill Summerhouse.jpg
Wrinehill Summerhouse
Wrinehill is located in Staffordshire
Wrinehill shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ752470
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CREWE
Postcode district CW3
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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53°01′12″N 2°22′12″W / 53.0201°N 2.3699°W / 53.0201; -2.3699Coordinates: 53°01′12″N 2°22′12″W / 53.0201°N 2.3699°W / 53.0201; -2.3699

Wrinehill, also called Checkley cum Wrinehill, is a village in the north-west of Staffordshire on the A531 road lying adjacent to the southern border of Cheshire in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The population taken at the 2011 census can be found under Betley. For many years it was claimed by both counties but reportedly came under official Staffordshire administration in 1965. It lies 1 mile south of and forms a continuous linear settlement with Betley.

Architectural heritage[edit]

Wrinehill had two listed buildings of architectural interest. First, the early 16th century half-timbered Old Medicine House, which, when threatened with imminent demolition, was bought for £1, dismantled and rebuilt in 1971 at Blackden Heath, near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire.[1]

Second, it is still home to the Wrinehill Summer House, a grade 2 listed building dating from c.1700, formerly owned by the Earl of Wilton and now a private residence. Located on the main road opposite the Blue Bell Inn, the Summerhouse is a very impressive building; it "has three bays but, nevertheless, displays a grand facade with giant pilasters, pediments and segmented headed windows."[2] It is "an old home of Thomas Egerton, 1st Earl of Wilton which has also been a barracks and a shop. It is built of brick on a stone base and inside is a handsome oak staircase...the flat roof, it is said, was for the Earl of Wilton to use as a view-point to watch the fox hunt."[3] Sometime in the late 19th century it was the home of 'Johnson's Celebrated Ointment Manufactory.'

The Blue Bell Inn, Wrinehill, viewed from the south, August 2008

Though a small village, Wrinehill boasts 3 public houses: The Crown Inn,[4] The Hand and Trumpet[5] and the Blue Bell Inn (though the last has recently been demolished).


External links[edit]

Media related to Wrinehill at Wikimedia Commons