Nantwich, second only to Chester for it's ancient black and white timber buildings, is a lively market town on the side of the northern end of The Shropshire Union Canal, close to its junctions with The Llangollen and Middlewich branches.
The road to Nantwich from Wrenbury. The Shroppie is on the left.
The town lies on what was the main coaching road from London to Holyhead, Wales, and coming into Nantwich on the above route will bring you into town on Welsh Row, which has numerous pubs and restaurants amongst it's buildings.
This is The Black Lion, Welsh Row built circa 1664
The Black Lion is an olde worlde pub, which serves good English style food and real ale. Situated either side are two exceptional Indian Restaurants, The Red Melon, and Indian Ocean. Directly opposite, is The Cheshire Cat, hotel, bar and restaurant. At one end of Welsh Row is the aqueduct that takes The Shroppie over the road. Just up from here is Nantwich Canal Centre, who can provide all the services a narrowboater might need on their travels. The canal has good 48 hour moorings near here, with just a short walk across the road to Welsh Row and the town centre.
A well used mounting block on Welsh Row, if horse transport is your thing!
For anybody who hasn't already experienced the delights of Nantwich, it is well worth a visit if you are passing. I hope the following photographs can give you a taste of what it is like.
Welsh Row towards the town Centre
From the town centre looking down Welsh Row
The River Weaver runs under Welsh Row
A character house on Welsh Row
A town centre shop in The Market Place
Many of the old buildings have plaques like this describing their history
Another interesting building, Sweet Briar Hall, Hospital Street
The Vine Inn, Hospital Street, circa 1671.
The Crown Hotel, coaching inn on the London-Wales road
Most of the ancient timber frame buildings date from post 1583, as most of the town was destroyed in the fire of 1583
This commemorative plaque is on Water Lode Way.
Aqueduct taking The Shroppie over Chester Road.
In the above photograph Nantwich Canal Centre is just through the aqueduct, Welsh Row is behind me.
Basin terminus Nantwich Canal Centre
The town has many attractions. An indoor market is open Tuesday A.M. Thursday and Saturday. There is a museum of local life which includes canal history, a saltwater swimming pool, and regular outdoor attractions in the Market square, from farmer's markets to historic car displays. There are interesting attractions nearby such as a cold war nuclear bunker at Hack Green which remains intact and is now a museum, and Stapeley Water Gardens are just a few.
Well, that is Nantwich. I hope anybody reading this who hasn't yet visited it will now do so. It is well worth it.