By John Whitehead - 11th May 2012 7:05am
David Hayns, who has had a long involvement in local history in Cheshire, delivered a detailed and illuminating illustrated account of 'social housing' in Malpas to the Audlem District History Society.
Its history goes back as early as the sixteenth century when Sir Randle Brereton provided a 'bedehouse' ( i.e.almshouse). The 'bede' refers to prayer beads, and recipients in those early days were required to say prayers for the donor families.
In 1884 a local clockmaker built three houses next to his shop 'so that migration to other parts will be reduced' wrote The Chester Chronicle. The continuing problem of the distancing of workers' homes from their workplace was recognised over the centuries in Malpas.
As David Hayns concluded, 'It is only by ensuring a balance of affordable and more upmarket housing that a balanced and vibrant community, such as Malpas, can continue to thrive'.
The next History Society meeting is on Thursday 17th May at the Scout & Guide Hall. It's 7.15pm for an 7.30pm start. Guests are always welcome (£2). The speaker is Malcolm Reid on 'The WW1 trench system on the old Hillfort, Oswestry'.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Sad news We are sad to inform the readers of AudlemOnline that Simon Carey aged 62, passed away peacefully last Wednesday after a long illness. Simon was well known to the village in recent years for being the Head Butcher at Oxtail & Trotter. He was a gentle, caring man with a great sense of humour who will be sorely missed by many. Simon was truly dedicated to his chosen career as a Butcher...
We've had a message reporting a recent fraud which was a local resident fell victim to: "Just yesterday my elderly neighbour was tricked... A call purporting to be from Cheshire East saying she had for 20 odd years been overpaying council tax, she was in another band. They said they would send paperwork in the post but that they would reimburse all this overpaid council tax. They...
Morris Care currently have some excellent job opportunities for local people in the local area. We are keen to employ local people and offer an excellent package and extensive training and have the below vacancies in our prestigious care home: Job: Care Assistants Type: Carer Location: Corbrook Park, Audlem Salary: Starting from £7.50 per hour Hours of Work: Full or part time- days and...
Wednesday 16th Aug
Tuesday 15th Aug
To Sound Common and Overwater Marina
Audlem Public Hall
Meet in Audlem Car Park at 9.30am
Aston Methodist Church Hall