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St James' Church, Audlem

Audlem (Cheshire)

Audlem shown within Cheshire
Population 1,790 [1]
OS grid reference SJ660436
Parish Audlem
District Crewe and Nantwich
Shire county Cheshire
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CREWE
Postcode district CW3
Dialling code 01270
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Eddisbury
List of places: UKEnglandCheshire

Coordinates: 52°59'21?N 2°30'28?W? / ?52.989187, -2.507862

Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the Borough of Crewe and Nantwich, Cheshire in the north west of England, approximately 11 km (7 miles) south of Nantwich. Close to the border with the neighbouring county of Shropshire, the village is eight miles east of Whitchurch and seven miles north of Market Drayton. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,790[1].

It is situated on the Shropshire Union Canal which has a run of 15 locks, designed by Thomas Telford, to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plain to the 93 feet higher Shropshire Plain. The River Weaver passes west of the village. Audlem railway station closed along with the local railway line in the 1960s.

Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295.[2]

In 2005 it was voted Cheshire's 'Village of the Year' and the North of England 'Village of the Year' also the 'Most Vibrant Village in Cheshire'. After also winning the county's 'Building Community Life' award, Audlem went on to win England's 'Building Community Life' award. Audlem has clubs for tennis, badminton, football, cricket, golf, pigeon racing (or pigeon-fancying), caravanning and bowls. Cyclists meet informally at The Old Priest-House Cafe.

Moss Hall is an Elizabethan timber-framed hall from 1616 which is 0.5 miles (1 km) from Audlem village centre.


[edit] Vote to become part of Wales controversy

In 2008 63% of the people of the village who took part in an online community website poll voted to become part of Wales[1]. According to the reports in local newspapers which were repeated by ITV Wales many of the people living in the village wish to return to the land of their fathers mainly because of better local funding arrangements provided since Welsh devolution and also because many of the people living in the village assert they are culturally Welsh with some able to speak the language:

"I know of at least four Welsh-speakers in Audlem - that's probably more than Newport and Cardiff can muster between them. So Audlem is already ahead in the bilingual stakes."

Another said:

"We're so close to Wales, we get more response from Wales, we get a lot of tourists from Wales and we feel we should be part of Wales. My husband is really keen because he can wear his Grand Slam T-shirt and feel safe."[2]

It was reported on the community website that the local parish council was "considering" making an application to administratively join Wales. Historically, Audlem has not been considered a part of Wales since about the middle of the 7th Century when the Kingdom of Powys lost the area to the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria.

[edit] Notes and references

[edit] Notes

  1. , a b 2001 Census details Accesssed 14th May 2007.
  2. , Scholes, R. (2000). pages 24–25.

[edit] Bibliography

  • Scholes, R. (2000). Towns and villages of Britain: Cheshire. Wilmslow, Cheshire: Sigma Press. ISBN 1850586373. 

[edit] See also

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(Source: Wikipedia)
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