New Homes in Cheshire
A rural region of England close to the most vibrant cities of the north
Located to the south of Manchester and encompassing the towns of Warrington, Chester, Nantwich, Macclesfield and Knutsford, Cheshire is a beautiful part of the country and a much sought-after place to live. Whether you’re walking through country parks, exploring historic manor houses or shopping in independent boutiques, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the ceremonial county of Cheshire.
Cheshire through the ages
The history of Cheshire dates right back to the Stone Age and Iron Age, with the discovery of various artefacts over the centuries, including at Tatton. From around 70 AD the Romans were in Cheshire, with one of the most notable settlements being modern Chester, which still has its town walls to this day. Cheshire saw fighting during the Norman invasion - which left many settlements abandoned - but the county started to grow in the 13th century as many towns began regular markets, including Macclesfield and Congleton. There was fighting again during the English Civil War, including the First Battle of Middlewich and the siege of both Chester and Nantwich.
In the 19th century, industrialisation began changing the North West, especially in the nearby city of Manchester. As a result, many people left Cheshire and headed to the more wealthy towns and cities further north. But Cheshire continued to prosper, and both Dunham Massey and Tatton Hall were developed, while railways were built and linked the region with big cities in the south. Through the centuries Cheshire has been associated with a number of different industries in mining and manufacturing, including cotton, silk and rock salt, while today the region is a ceremonial county encompassing Warrington, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Halton.
Must-know info for families
For families relocating to Cheshire, it’s good to know that the region is home to some of the country’s top schools including The County High School Leftwich, Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, Weaverham High School, The Fallibroome Academy, Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Brine Leas School, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and St Nicholas Catholic High School.
The University of Chester provides higher and further education along with South Cheshire College in Crewe, West Cheshire College in Chester and Mid Cheshire College in Northwich. The University of Manchester, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan University and Wrexham Glyndwr University are also close by.
Places to see and things to do
For family-friendly days out, take the kids to see the animals at Chester Zoo, watch the sea life at the Blue Planet Aquarium, hop on the rides at Gulliver’s World or make learning fun at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre. Other attractions in Cheshire include Tatton Park, Cheshire Falconry, Stockley Farm and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
What about business?
Cheshire has traditionally been a region of mining and manufacturing, but today industry is very varied and the area is home to some of the UK’s most recognisable employers such as BetFred Group in Warrington, Essar Oil (UK) near Ellesmere Port, AMEC in Knutsford, United Utilities in Warrington, Marlowe Holdings in Knutsford and Bentley in Crewe.
If you’re commuting to work, the M6 runs through Cheshire, providing links with the north and south, while the M56 connects Chester with Manchester. There’s also a good rail network, which is especially useful for avoiding rush hour traffic. A typical journey from Chester to Manchester takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes by car, or just over 1 hour by train. The journey from Chester to Liverpool takes around 45 minutes by car travelling via the M53, or 1 hour by train with a change at Birkenhead Central.
For travel further afield, the journey from Chester to London takes just over 2 hours via the Virgin Trains service. The nearest airports are Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, with flights to destinations all around the world.