In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Nantwich like this:
Nantwich.-- (or Namptwich), market town, par., and township, Cheshire, on river Weaver, 5 miles SW. of Crewe, 36 miles SW. of Manchester, and 158 miles NW. of London - par., 3578 ac., pop. 8174; town and township, 696 ac., pop. 7495; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. As the seat of extensive saltworks Nantwich was in early times a place of not a little consequence. The Welsh carried on a considerable trade in salt; and in order to harass that people King Henry III. ...
ordered the brine pits to, be filled up, a proceeding which gave a serious shock' to the progress of the town. Many battles were fought! here between the English and the Welsh; and in olden days the town was more than once ravaged by fire and pestilence. The manufacture of boots and shoes is now the prevailing industry; leather and clothing mfrs., ironfounding, &c., are other local employments. A short distance from the town the Grand Junction Canal is joined by the Ellesmere Canal.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Nantwich has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Crewe and Nantwich. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Nantwich and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Nantwich, in Crewe and Nantwich and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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