A. T. Welch

The History of Nantwich

Nantwich is a charming and picturesque market town lying in the rich farmlands of South Cheshire. It has a wealth of historic buildings and still today retains much of its ancient character. Its name derives from "Nametwich" meaning "most famous wich", the Saxon word for centre of industry; in this case salt.

Nantwich has had a fierce history. Norman invaders burnt it to the ground in the 11th century and Welsh marauders attacked in the 13th century.

In 1583 the town was again attacked by fire. The Great Fire of Nantwich destroyed much of the town, but, with the help of Queen Elizabeth I, rebuilding has left a wealth of beautiful timber-framed buildings.



The church of St Mary's is a worthy focal point to the town centre. Built in the 14th century it is known as the "Cathedral of South Cheshire.