Macclesfield (borough)

Macclesfield (borough)


"For the principal settlement of this borough, see Macclesfield."
Infobox UK District
name = Borough of Macclesfield

status = Non-metropolitan district, Borough
region = North West England
admincounty = Cheshire
area = Ranked 95th
524.97 km²
adminhq = Macclesfield
onscode = 13UG
population = Ranked English district rank|ONS=13UG
English district population|ONS=13UG
English district density|ONS=13UG / km²
ethnicity = 98.1% White
1.3% S. Asian [ [ Check Browser Settings ] ]
politics = Macclesfield Borough Council
leadership = Leader & Cabinet
executive = English district control|ONS=13UG
mp = George Osborne, Nicholas Winterton
year = 2005

Macclesfield is a local government district, borough and parliamentary constituency in Cheshire England. It includes the towns of Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford and its wide area includes the villages and hamlets of Adlington, Disley, Gawsworth, Hurdsfield, Kerridge, Pott Shrigley, Poynton, Prestbury, Rainow, Styal, Sutton and Tytherington.

The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was a merger of Macclesfield municipal borough, Alderley Edge, Bollington, Knutsford and Wilmslow urban districts, along with the single parish Disley Rural District, Macclesfield Rural District and part of Bucklow Rural District.

Current proposals by the government are that the Borough of Macclesfield will be abolished in April 2009, when it will be merged with Crewe and Nantwich and Congleton to form the new unitary authority of Cheshire East [ [ Macclesfield borough council press release 25 July 2007.] Retrieval Date: 25 July, 2007.] .

Council political composition

=Parishes and settlements in the borough=

The borough contains 52 civil parishes. The towns of Macclesfield and Wilmslow are not civil parishes. So, they do not have parish councils. They omit this level of local government. Of the 52 parishes, five (Ageden, Little Bollington, Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough, Tatton, and Wincle) hold parish meetings rather than elect a parish council.

Local sites of interest

The borough is home to a large number of historic sites:

*Tatton Park is the venue for a variety of events: classical concerts; fireworks displays; classic car shows; open air theatre and the Country Show (massed pipes and drums, sheepdog trials, competitions, crafts fair, and dancing). [ [ Tatton Park website.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Gawsworth Hall is a half-timbered hall, and possibly once home to Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady'. Concerts are held in the grounds, and each summer there is an open air theatre season, featuring Shakespearean classics and light opera, comedy, jazz, and drama. [ [ Gawsworth Hall website.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Arley Hall is a Victorian-Jacobean hall. [ [ Arley Hall and Gardens website.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Quarry Bank Mill is set in the village of Styal and is a working water-mill and living museum. [ [ Quarry Bank Mill website.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Capesthorne Hall is a Jacobean-style stately home which plays host to a variety of events. [ [ Capesthorne Hall website.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Alderley Edge is a great sandstone escarpment that overlooks the Cheshire plain. [ [ Information site about Alderley Edge.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.] The Edge itself has been mined for copper since at least the time of the Roman invasion, and is the centre of the legend of the Wizard of Alderley, [ [ Wizard of Alderley information.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.] made famous by local author Alan Garner's books "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" and "The Moon of Gomrath". Nowadays it is said that the Wizard was Merlin, but this is an addition that only appeared over the past thirty years. Tours of the mines are available, but should not be attempted without an experienced guide - the Edge is riddled with mineshafts.

*St James' and St Paul's Church, Marton is a 14th century house of worship which lies on an artificial mound or earthwork. [ [ St James' and St Paul's Church, Marton information.] Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

*Knutsford is best known as the site where King Canute forded the Lily Stream, and as the home of Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, and the town puts on a May Day parade and festival every year. [ [ History of Knutsford.] "Virtual Knutsford website". Retrieval date: 1 September 2007.]

*Lyme Park is an estate and park located near Disley. Lyme Hall is the principal feature of the park. [ [ Lyme Park Information.] "National Trust website." Retrieval Date: 1 September 2007.]

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