Nantwich  Cheshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Nantwich like this:

Nantwich.-- (or Namptwich), market town, par., and township, Cheshire, on river Weaver, 5 miles SW. of Crewe, 36 miles SW. of Manchester, and 158 miles NW. of London - par., 3578 ac., pop. 8174; town and township, 696 ac., pop. 7495; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. ...

As the seat of extensive saltworks Nantwich was in early times a place of not a little consequence. The Welsh carried on a considerable trade in salt; and in order to harass that people King Henry III. ordered the brine pits to, be filled up, a proceeding which gave a serious shock' to the progress of the town. Many battles were fought! here between the English and the Welsh; and in olden days the town was more than once ravaged by fire and pestilence. The manufacture of boots and shoes is now the prevailing industry; leather and clothing mfrs., ironfounding, &c., are other local employments. A short distance from the town the Grand Junction Canal is joined by the Ellesmere Canal.

Nantwich through time

Nantwich is now part of Crewe and Nantwich district. Click here for graphs and data of how Crewe and Nantwich has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Nantwich itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Nantwich, in Crewe and Nantwich and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th April 2024

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