Boasting some of the most beautiful countryside and villages in the county of the Vale Royal of England, Mid-Cheshire is one of the most picturesque areas in England. Great Budworth is often used as a backdrop for numerous film and TV productions, including most recently the BBC's Our Zoo, which charts the origins of Chester Zoo. The villages of Vale Royal have changed very little over time, with the building of modern estates the only real change.
Included is Moulton, home to the Winsford salt workers, to Sandiway, birthplace of John Douglas, the architect who designed around 500 buildings in Cheshire. Whitegate village, home of the thirteenth-century Cistercian monastery, is included, then it's back to Hartford and the interesting history of its local public houses. Finally, the reader sees two of the smaller Vale Royal hamlets - Cotebrook and its larger neighbour Tarporley. Villages of Mid-Cheshire Through Time is a fully updated edition.
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.