Set besides the River Weaver the historic town of Nantwich is in heart of pastoral south Cheshire. It has winding medieval streets and a multitude of black and white Tudor buildings. The town is centred around The Square that forms the setting for St Mary’s Church, which is one of the finest medieval churches in the UK. In 1583 a fire destroyed much of the town with only a few buildings surviving. Legend has it that a few days previously residents had noticed a mass exodus of cats from the town. The fire was devastating but left the Church untouched which some townsfolk concluded was a sign from God. A few months later the cats returned. Another building that survived the fire is Churche’s Mansion. Tales of unexplained goings-on involve a ghostly servant and a Cavalier soldier – perhaps reflecting the fact that a bitter civil war battle raged near the town.

Nowadays, Nantwich is popular as a place for tourists. Events such as the farmer’s Markets and Food and Drink Festival bring vibrancy here. The town also has many traditional speciality produce shops and is popular with lovers of fine food. Many of the festivals take place at the end of September including the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival and the CAMRA Nantwich Beer Festival. A Farmer’s Market takes place on the last Saturday of each month.

Other nearby sites

Dorfold Hall
This Jacobean country house was built in 1616. The ornate ceilings and oak panelling compliment the attractive gardens and borders, especially attractive in summer. Guided tours are available.

Alveston Hall
An excellent standard of accommodation in a restored Victorian Hall is accompanied by entertainment, restaurants, bars, and leisure activity including a 9-hole golf course.