From the earliest days salt was drawn from beneath the town of Middlewich making it one of the Cheshire Wiches. The town played an important role in the English Civil War and was the scene of the first and second battle of Middlewich. During this time Royalist troops occupied the church and many were slain. The very popular Middlewich Boat Festival draws people from far and wide each year to enjoy the music and festivities that take place on the canals and across the town. Whilst many towns have seen the local shops of long standing pushed to one side by large supermarkets, Holmes Chapel has bucked the trend and still boasts a number of very attractive and ancient family owned stores. So you are invited to visit these towns now separated by the mighty M6 motorway. View them as they once were and as they are now using this book as an aid.
Paul Hurley has been a freelance writer since 2002 and has been writing professionally ever since. He has had magazine, local and national newspaper credits and has written several books for Amberley on the local history of Cheshire. Since retiring from the police in 2002 he has amassed a CV that takes in a three part article in the Steam World magazine, one in the Backtrack magazine and many other magazine articles not relating to the railway scene. He lives in Winsford with his wife and his hobbies are writing, travel, motorcycling and classic cars.