In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Congleton like this:
Congleton, mun. bor. and market town with ry. sta., Astbury par., E. Cheshire, 26 miles S. of Manchester and 157 miles NW. of London, 2572 ac., pop. 11,116; 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday; is a well-built town, on the banks of the Dane, a tributary of the Weaver. C. is a place of considerable antiquity, with charters dating from Edward III. The principal industry is the mfr. of silk, but there is also salt-making and coal-mining. C. has canal communication with Macclesfield, 8 miles NE.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Congleton in Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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