Who'd have thought that setting up a B&B would take over your life? It has been such a busy 9 months since we opened that I have not had the chance to blog as much as I would have liked. Well all that is about to change. Now that I am on top of things and have truly got into the swing of running our B&B my new resolution is to commit to writing fortnightly blogs. So here we go.
So many guests ask what is there to do in the area so I thought for the foreseeable future I would write in turn about all of the surrounding Cheshire villages. A little bit about their history and where to visit so I am starting with one of the closest villages to us which is Audlem.
Th Doomsday book entry (1086) for Audlem (Aldelime) refers to fields and woodland but by the late 13th century the church had been founded and Audlem's market charter was granted by Edward I in 1296.
Excavations to the rear of the present butcher's shop, Oxtail and Trotters ( a must visit , excellent quality meat an sausage rolls!) revealed the site of a pottery kiln with contemporary vessels dated to between 1250 and 1300.
The only visible medieval building is part of the church of St James dated from the 14th to 16th century.
Other buildings of note are Moss Hall 1616 on the north side of the canal and the Old Grammar School 1647 - 55 off Vicarage Lane.
The streets of the village host a range of characterful buildings with facades from the 18th to 20th century. The butter market seen in the photo above just in front of St James' Church was built in 1733.
The oldest part of the village is the core at the T section just in front of the church and it is here that the village Christmas tree and carol singing takes place every year.
The Shropshire Union canal running alongside the village brings tens of thousands of boating visitors through the village each year. There is a flight of 15 locks in total raising the canal 93 feet in the Shropshire direction and is a magnet for walkers and visitors where a visit to the canal side Shroppie Fly ( named after the fly boats that delivered goods around the UK waterways between 1850 and 1920) is a must. Sitting outside and watching the canal boats go by must be one of the most relaxing past times there is.
Today Audlem is a thriving little village with a few independent shops, a couple of very good tea rooms and three very good pubs. There are a host of community activities year round that attract visitors from near and far such as the long weekend Arts and Music festival, Proms in the Park, The 'Funky weekend' for young people, Festival of transport, Open Gardens Weekend and Carols in the Square at Christmas to name just a few. If you would like to plan your weekend away at Foxes Field around one of these festivities click here to head over to our What's On page