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Cheshire (or archaically the County of Chester) is a ceremonial county in the North West of England. Chester is the county town. The largest town is Warrington, and other major towns include Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Northwich, Runcorn, Sandbach, Widnes and Wilmslow. The county is administered as four unitary authorities: Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.

Cheshire occupies a boulder clay plain (pictured) which separates the hills of North Wales from the Peak District of Derbyshire. The county covers an area of 2,343 square kilometres (905 sq mi), with a high point of 559 metres elevation. The estimated population is 1,006,100, 19th highest in England, with a population density of 429 people per square kilometre. Predominantly rural, the county is historically famous for the production of Cheshire cheese, salt and silk. During the 19th century, towns in the north of the county were pioneers of the chemical industry, while Crewe became a major railway junction and engineering facility.

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Churche's Mansion, Nantwich

Churche's Mansion is a grade-I-listed timber-framed, black-and-white Elizabethan mansion house on Hospital Street in Nantwich. Dating from 1577, it is one of the very few buildings to have survived the Great Fire of 1583. Pevsner considered it one of the finest buildings of its type in Cheshire, describing it as "an outstanding piece of decorated half-timber architecture."

Built for wealthy Nantwich merchant Richard Churche and his wife by local craftsman Thomas Clease, it remained in their family until the 20th century. In 1930, it was rescued from being shipped to the USA by Edgar Myott and his wife, who began restoration work.

The upper storey and the attics overhang with jetties and feature decorative panels. The many gilded carvings include portraits of the Churches. Some of the interior oak panelling is Elizabethan in date. The mansion has been used as a dwelling, school, restaurant, shop, and granary and hay store.

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Eaton Chapel, Eaton Hall

Eaton Chapel was built in 1869–84 for Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, as the private chapel for Eaton Hall. An example of the Gothic Revival style with Alfred Waterhouse as the architect, the grade-I-listed chapel was retained when Waterhouse's hall was demolished in the 1960s.

Credit: Peter I. Vardy (4 April 2010)

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In this month

Grosvenor Park Lodge

November 1867: Grosvenor Park, Chester (pictured) opened.

1 November 1831: Harry Atkinson, Premier of New Zealand, born in Broxton.

4 November 1553: Lawyer Roger Wilbraham born in Nantwich.

7 November 1805: Railway builder Thomas Brassey born in Bulkeley.

8 November 1884: Jockey Steve Donoghue born in Warrington.

11 November 1662: Lawyer John Chesshyre born in Halton.

14 November 1762: Tarporley Hunt Club first met.

15 November 1941: Author Heathcote Williams born in Helsby.

24 November 1935: Cyclist Vin Denson born in Chester.

26 November 1574: River Weaver in Nantwich flooded, affecting 40 dwellings and 24 salthouses.

29 November 1933: Musician John Mayall born in Macclesfield.

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Since April 2009, the ceremonial county of Cheshire has been administered by four unitary authorities (click on the map for details):

1 – Cheshire West and Chester

2 – Cheshire East

3 – Warrington

4 – Halton

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Towns: Middlewich • Runcorn • Widnes

Sights: Beeston Castle • Chester Cathedral • Chester Rows • Churche's Mansion • Crewe Hall • Eaton Hall • Halton Castle • Jodrell Bank Observatory • Lovell Telescope • Lyme Park • Norton Priory • Peckforton Castle • St Mary's Church, Acton • St Mary's Church, Nantwich • St Mary's Church, Nether Alderley

Geography: Peak District

History: Deva Victrix • Eddisbury hill fort • Lindow Man • Maiden Castle

Transport: A500 road • Bridgewater Canal • M62 motorway

People: Adrian Boult • Thomas Brassey • Neil Brooks • Sir John Brunner, 1st Baronet • Daniel Craig • John Douglas • Rowland Egerton-Warburton • Eddie Johnson • Joseph Priestley • Alan Turing

Lists: Castles • Church restorations, amendments and furniture by John Douglas • Houses and associated buildings by John Douglas • Listed buildings in Runcorn (rural area) • Listed buildings in Runcorn (urban area) • Listed buildings in Widnes • New churches by John Douglas • Non-ecclesiastical and non-residential works by John Douglas



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Selected biography

Exterior of a modern concert hall

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Born in Chester, he was educated at Westminster School, Christ Church, Oxford, and the Leipzig Conservatory, where he learned to conduct by watching the eminent Hungarian conductor Arthur Nikisch. He made his concert debut in 1914, and conducted the first performance of Holst's The Planets in 1918.

Boult conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 1924–30 and 1959–60, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for twenty years from its inception in 1930. After his controversial enforced retirement from the BBC Symphony, he became Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until 1957. He continued to conduct and make recordings until 1981.

Particularly associated with 20th century British music, Boult's prolific recordings include the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies, as well as many works by Elgar and Holst. The main auditorium (pictured) of the Birmingham Conservatoire was named for him.

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Christ Church, Macclesfield

In the news

5 September: The Palms Tropical Oasis zoo at Stapeley Water Gardens closes.

19 August: Michael Gove approves three schools' conversion to academy status: Brine Leas High in Nantwich, Fallibroome High in Macclesfield, and Sandbach High.

19 July: The Lindow Man exhibition at Manchester Museum wins the Best Archaeological Innovation category in the British Archaeological Awards of 2010.

7 July: Chester Rows and the Jodrell Bank Observatory are nominated for the new British shortlist for proposed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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This is a pretty Rich land; ... its much on Enclosures and I passed by severall large pooles of waters, but what I wonder'd at was yt tho' this shire is remarkable for a greate deale of greate Cheeses and Dairys I did not see more than 20 or 30 Cowes in a troope feeding, but on Enquiry find ye Custome of ye Country to joyn their milking together of a whole village and so make their great Cheeses.

From Through England on a Side Saddle by Celia Fiennes (1698)
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46 High Street, Nantwich (c. 1584)

The 130 listed buildings in Nantwich include three at grade I, seven at grade II* and 120 at grade II. Nantwich has the largest collection of historic buildings outside Chester in the county. The majority of the listed buildings were originally residential, and churches, chapels, public houses, schools, banks, almshouses and workhouses are also well represented. They range in date from the 14th century to 1911.

Only a few buildings date from before the fire of 1583, which destroyed almost all of the town centre, the oldest being the 14th-century St Mary's Church. Two timber-framed, "black and white" Elizabethan mansion houses, Churche's Mansion and Sweetbriar Hall, also pre-date the fire. Elizabeth I personally contributed to the town's subsequent rebuilding, and particularly fine examples of timber-framed buildings dating from around 1584 are 46 High Street (pictured) and the Crown Hotel, a former coaching inn believed to stand on the site of the town's Norman castle. Many Georgian town houses are listed, with four attaining grade II*, as well as several examples of Victorian corporate architecture. Unusual listed structures include a mounting block, twelve cast-iron bollards, a stone gateway, two garden walls and a summerhouse.

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 Towns &  Districts CHESHIRE | PLACES | CIVIL PARISHES | Alsager | Bollington | Chester | Congleton | Crewe | Ellesmere Port | Frodsham | Knutsford | Macclesfield | Middlewich | Nantwich | Neston | Northwich | Runcorn | Sandbach | Warrington | Widnes | Wilmslow | Winsford
 Geography &  Ecology GEOLOGY | Cheshire Plain | Geology of Alderley Edge | HILLS | Bickerton Hill | Peckforton Hills | Shining Tor | Shutlingsloe | Tegg's Nose | Windgather Rocks | PARKS | Delamere Forest | Macclesfield Forest | Northwich Community Woodlands | RIVERS & LAKES | Lamaload Reservoir | River Bollin | River Dane | River Dean | River Dee | River Gowy | River Goyt | River Mersey | River Weaver | SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST | Cheshire Wildlife Trust | rECOrd
 History HISTORY | TIMELINE | Ancient parishes | History of Chester | Deva Victrix | History of Middlewich | History of salt in Middlewich | History of Northwich | History of Sandbach | Forests of Mara and Mondrem‎‎ | ARCHAEOLOGY | SCHEDULED MONUMENTS: PRE-1066 | 1066–1539 | POST-1539 | Bridestones | Chester Roman Amphitheatre | Eddisbury hill fort | Lindow Man | Maiden Castle | Sandbach Crosses | MILITARY HISTORY | Battle of Chester | First Battle of Middlewich | Battle of Nantwich | Battle of Rowton Heath | Bunbury Agreement | Cheshire Regiment | Hooton Park | RAF Burtonwood | RAF Ringway
 Sights PLACES OF INTEREST | CASTLES | Beeston Castle | Chester Castle | Cholmondeley Castle | Halton Castle | HISTORIC BUILDINGS | Adlington Hall | Arley Hall | Combermere Abbey | Dorfold Hall | Eaton Hall | Gawsworth Old Hall | Little Moreton Hall | Lyme Park | Norton Priory | Tatton Park | MUSEUMS & VISITOR ATTRACTIONS | Anderton Boat Lift | Anson Engine Museum | Catalyst Science Discovery Centre | Chester Zoo | Crewe Railway Age | Grosvenor Museum | Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker | Jodrell Bank Observatory | Lion Salt Works | National Waterways Museum | Quarry Bank Mill | Stretton Watermill;| Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse 
 Architecture ARCHITECTURE | Norman architecture | LISTED BUILDINGS | Grade I listed buildings | Grade I listed buildings in Chester | Listed buildings in Nantwich | Listed buildings in Runcorn (rural area) | Listed buildings in Runcorn (urban area) | Listed buildings in Widnes
 Sport &  Recreation SPORTING TEAMS | Alsager Town F.C. | Chester City F.C. | Cheshire County Cricket Club | Cheshire Jets | Crewe Alexandra F.C. | Macclesfield Town F.C. | Nantwich Town F.C. | Northwich Victoria F.C. | Runcorn Linnets F.C. | Vauxhall Motors F.C. | Warrington Town F.C. | Warrington Wolves | Widnes Vikings | Winsford United F.C. | Witton Albion F.C. | SPORTING VENUES | Chester Racecourse | Oulton Park | RECREATION | Scouting | Walks
 Economy ECONOMY | Cheshire cheese | Crewe Railway Works | Salt | Textile mills
 Transport BUSES | Arriva | CANALS | Cheshire Ring | Bridgewater Canal | Ellesmere Canal | Llangollen Canal | Macclesfield Canal | Manchester Ship Canal | Shropshire Union Canal | RAIL | Birkenhead Railway | Chester–Manchester Line | Crewe railway station | Crewe–Derby Line | Crewe–Manchester Line | Ellesmere Port–Warrington Line | Mid-Cheshire Line | Welsh Marches Line | ROADS | A34 | A41 | A49 | A50 | A56 | A500 | A537 | A556 | M6 | M53 | M56
 Governance  UNITARY AUTHORITIES | Cheshire East | Cheshire West and Chester | Halton | Warrington | PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES | EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
 Education &  Services SCHOOLS | UNIVERSITIES | Manchester Metropolitan University | University of Chester | SERVICES | Fire and Rescue | Police | United Utilities
 Culture &  Media LITERATURE | Cheshire Cat | Cheshire dialect | THEATRE | The Brindley | Lyceum Theatre | NEWSPAPERS | Chester Chronicle | RADIO | BBC Radio Manchester | BBC Radio Merseyside | BBC Radio Stoke | Cheshire FM
 Religion RELIGION | CHURCHES | Bishop of Chester | Chester Cathedral | Diocese of Chester | Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury

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