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Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshiremarker in the north west of Englandmarker, approximately 11 km (7 miles) south of Nantwichmarker. Close to the border with the neighbouring county of Shropshiremarker, the village is eight miles east of Whitchurchmarker and seven miles north of Market Draytonmarker. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,790.

It is situated on the Shropshire Union Canalmarker which has a run of 15 locks, designed by Thomas Telford, to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plainmarker to the 93 feet higher Shropshire Plain. The River Weavermarker passes west of the village. Audlem railway stationmarker closed along with the local railway line in the 1960s.

Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295.

In 2005 it was voted Cheshire's 'Village of the Year' and the North of England 'Village of the Year' also the 'Most Vibrant Village in Cheshire'. After also winning the county's 'Building Community Life' award, Audlem went on to win England's 'Building Community Life' award.Audlem has clubs for tennis, badminton, football, cricket, golf, pigeon racing (or pigeon-fancying), caravan and bowls. Cyclists meet informally at The Old Priest-House Cafe.

Moss Hallmarker is an Elizabethan timber-framed hall from 1616 which is from Audlem village centre.

Audlem's vibrant organisations

There are several very active organisations within Audlem and none more active than ASET (the Audlem Special Events Team).Every year ASET puts on 3 major events: an outdoor midsummer music concert (27 June 2009) a transport festival (26 July 2009) and a Guy Fawks bonfire and fireworks display (7 November 2009).

The traditional bonfire and fireworks display on November 7 commemorates Guy Fawkes failed attempts at destroying the Houses of Parliament. This year the event has something for everyone with gates open at 4.30pm, Fire Juggling at 5pm with the bonfire and fireworks from 6.30pm. Visit the ASET web site for more details: Audlem ASET

Notes and references


  1. Scholes, R. (2000). pages 24–25.


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