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The History of Nantwich
The name of the town is believed to be derived from its association with salt. Wich
or wych was used to denote brine springs or wells. Another source believes “Nant”
is derived from “Nemeton”, the pre-
In the Domesday Book, Nantwich is recorded as having eight salt houses. It had a castle, of which nothing remains, and was the capital of a barony of the earls of Chester. It was first recorded as an urban area during the 11th century – the Normans burned the town to the ground leaving only one building standing.
During the medieval period, Nantwich was the most important salt town and probably the second most important settlement in the county after Chester. By the 14th century, the town held a weekly cattle market important for its tanning.
The salt industry peaked in the mid-
Great Fire of Nantwich: On the 10th December 1583 a great fire started that lasted 20 days and destroyed most of the town to the east of the River Weaver. Money was raised for the rebuilding of the town from a nationwide collection, including £1000.00 from Queen Elizabeth I. A plaque on the wall of the Queen's Aid House, located opposite Castle Street, displays the appreciation to Queen Elizabeth I for her help in raising funds to rebuild the town. Many of the houses to be seen today date from this rebuilding.
Battle of Nantwich: During the English Civil War Nantwich first (1642) declared for
King Charles, but most of the citizens supported the Parliamentarians and in 1643
Sir William Brereton the commander of the Cheshire Parliamentarians repulsed the
Royalists and garrisoned Nantwich as his headquarters. Consequently, Royalist forces
besieged it several times and the final, six-
The Sealed Knot, an English civil war re-
In the 18th century Nantwich had a higher proportion of clockmakers in the population than any other provincial town in the country. The wealthy inhabitants bought there clocks locally which encouraged the local clock making industry.