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1086 Domesday Survey 1135 Combermere Abbey founded for the monks of St Benedict 1250 Audlem kiln operating in an area near the current butcher's shop 1278 Audlem St James' Church founded 1296 Market Charter granted 1310 Court cases translated by Paul Booth 1348-9 The Black Death 1340-1500 Only names of Church incumbents known 1510 Ball Farm built at Hankelow 1539 Dissolution....

Hankelow Village Map

Audlem is located at the junction of the A525 and A529 roads in south Cheshire, just a mile north of the Shropshire border. The village is seven miles from Nantwich to the north; seven miles from Whitchurch to the west and a similar distance from Market Drayton to the south. It is five miles from Woore to the east.The A525 road runs from Newcastle under Lyme and Woore from the east....

St James Church Audlem

Audlem (population 1,790 in a civil parish of 2,348 acres) stands at the intersection of the roads from Nantwich (Cheshire) to Market Drayton (Shropshire) and Newcastle (Staffordshire) to Whitchurch (Shropshire). The Shropshire border lies close at just over a mile to the south on the Market Drayton road and about 3 miles to the east on the road to Woore and Newcastle. The parish includes....

Highfields, near Audlem

There's plenty to see in Audlem itself and the surrounding countryside. Pride of place goes to St James' Church in the village centre while the Shropshire Union canal, with its run of 15 locks through Audlem, is a major attraction. There are fine walks along the towpath, now called the Weaver Way, and through the meadows alongside.Audlem St James' ChurchThe Church of St James....

Busy Audlem canal in Autumn

Audlem is famous for its run of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal. With its canalside pubs and attractive towpath, the walk alongside the locks is one of the finest in lowland England. Interpretration panels by the towpath in Audlem describe the operation of locks and the canal's history.Touchscreen computers have been installed in Audlem Mill and at the Overwater Marina detailing....

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As yet, there is no hotel accommodation in Audlem. There are b&b facilities and self-catering accommodation plus a caravan site at the Overwater Marina to the north. The nearest hotels are in Nantwich, seven miles north of Audlem.To get to the business listings of the available places to stay, click here and then select "Local places to stay".There are....

Interpretation board

Audlem is well equipped with facilities for visitors with a large free car park, a Tourist Information Centre in the newsagents on the Square, public toilets etc. There are large dioramas at the car park and at Audlem Wharf with detailed maps showing local shops and points of interest. The canal has a series of interpretation boards along the towpath describing how the canal was built,....

Highfields, near Audlem

The Shropshire Union canal towpath is a magnificent walk in either direction from Audlem and is now the southern part of the Weaver Way. You can explore away from the canal in all directions, however, including this selection of walks in the Audlem area. The walks have now been published as a leaflet which is available free from Williams Newsagent and Audlem Mill Canal....

Heron

Audlem is dairy country and this is reflected in its wildlife. There are also nearby sheets of water, including Combermere, the second largest mere in Cheshire, and newer lakes off Longhill Lane in Hankelow and at Moss Hall. Over the last five years we have been collecting numerous wildlife photographs, and these can be found in our season galleries here.The Audlem....

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In the Domesday Book Audlem is recorded as having 4 identified persons. There is much argument as to what this really means in population terms, but modern scholarship would assume about 50-100 inhabitants. The village probably grew in the 13th century when there was a national population explosion. Estimates of the population in 1591, based on the known size of the manor of Audlem at the....

The surface of the Audlem area consists mainly of glacial deposits of clay, sand and gravel, known collectively as Drift. This originates from the Ice Age two million years ago when ice covered Britain as far south as the mouth of Severn and the River Thames. At the southern end of the ice, sand and gravel were washed out by melt water and this ultimately produced the typical mounds and ridges....