By Andrew Lamberton
THE two major developments over the first 10
years of the 21st Century were at Stapeley and Kingsley Fields, but other smaller
developments have also taken place and I'll deal with those first.
Wright Court and Wright Lodge
built on the site of the former Wyche Anglers headquarters at 91 London
Keeper's Chase, at the far end
of Jackson Avenue, is on the site of Nantwich Town Football Club. The new buildings
are numbered as a continuation of
Jackson Avenue apart from two six-apartment buildings named Wrenbury House
and Marbury House.
The Gatehouse stands on the right of a new
road called Hastings Road. This is opposite the Leopard public
house. There are 20 apartments in The Gatehouse, and at the far end of
Hastings Road is a further development, Newhaven Court,
which backs on to the railway line on the sites of James Edward's Garage and Barratt's Coaches Yard.
On the site of Dewhurst's (later Lewing's)
clothing factory is a new major housing development called
There are also four apartments on Millstone Lane
known as Fairfax House.
Near to Beam Bridge over the River Weaver on
the A51 to Chester, just before the village of Reaseheath, are two new
apartment developments: Fairfax Court on the site of
Willhall Engineering and Weaver Court (pictured below) on the site of - and next to
the building still occupied by - Emerton's Roofing.
Where a garage once stood is now an
apartments development called Bowkersfield Court and at the Manor
Road end of the avenue are apartments called Davca Court.
Manor Road North
Off Manor Road North, which has new houses
at the far end,
is Hayes Close. This is on right after
There are six new almshouses known as Jubilee
Almshouses standing next to the original Wood and Garnett almshouses.
At the bottom of the street, facing across The Waterlode to the River
Weaver are 20 apartments called Castle Court.
Three houses have been built on the site of
an old Baptist
Chapel and is called Chapel Mews. Confusingly, this is the same
name as a block homes, built a few years ago, on the site of the Baptist
in Market Street. [The Market Street Church, as
it is now called, is in what used to be the schoolrooms. See
here for more on that.]
Built on the old railway station yard which was
once, in part, the base of coal merchants, are 20 apartments called Sleeper’s Point.
These are just before the level crossings and the station, on the town
Off Pratchetts Row, opposite Morrison’s Store,
is The Beeches, an established development. But first on the left is a
new development called Churche’s Court (pictured below), and opposite that, on the
right of The Beeches, is a new development called Damson Drive.
Opposite the end of Millfields is Edmund
Wright Way. First left off this is Cartlake Close, and on the right is
On the site of The Old Tannery (owned by the
Blud family), almost
opposite Malbank School, is Sutton Close (named after Jack Sutton,
Nantwich’s last night watchman.) The tannery owner's house has been
converted into three apartments. The next building along Welsh
Row contains apartments
known as Siddall’s Court. Carry on to the traffic lights just
before the aqueduct carrying the Shropshire Union Canal and you can turn
left into Taylor
Drive. Carry on and second
on the left is Williamson Drive with
Clough Court on
your right. [Taylor Drive and Edmund Wright Way are, in a way, one road
but divided by a small copse of trees.]
Travelling down High Street from The Square
you will approach the town bridge over the River Weaver. Turn right to take the
inner bypass road, The Waterlode, and travel across Sir
Thomas Fairfax Bridge. Turn left at the traffic lights (opposite the
Weaver Stadium, home to Nantwich Town F.C.) into Fairfax
Drive. On your immediate right are 15 houses facing the bypass
called Morgan Walk. On your left are 26 houses built in a circle called
Carter Close. Turn left into Ernley Close. At the far end is
Walk and at the far end of that is a development called Beatty
If you are on foot, you can get
through to two old Nantwich streets, Red Lion Lane and Welsh Row. Further along Fairfax Drive, on the left, is
Byron Walk part
of which fronts on to the Nantwich Walled Garden.
Going back to the traffic lights on Fairfax
Drive, the street first on the right is Mytton Drive, and first right off that is
Monck Drive. Like a few street names in Nantwich,
these two are named after commanders in the English Civil War - as is
Fairfax Drive - which
included the Battle of Nantwich. Second
right off Mytton Drive is Tyldesley Court. Back in Fairfax Drive,
the second street on the right is Gibson Close, while third right is
Capel Way, off which are
Lambert Crescent and Copley Walk. These two back on to Malbank School.
The triangle between London Road and
Newcastle Road. Leaving Nantwich along London Road,
the railway level crossing and follow the road ahead as it curves
left into what used to
be the junction with the A52 towards Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Staffordshire. The original road went straight on into what is now a
cul-de-sac at the end of London Road.
But carry on the main road towards
the traffic lights. Here, turn right into Ellwood Way. Turn first right into
Pollard Drive, and first right again is Burgess Close.
Back in Ellwood
Way, a right turn at the next traffic lights is followed by a further
right turn into Newland Way. On the left at the end of Newland Way
Court, while on the right is Caldwell Court.
The main estate.
London Road, Stapeley - from the
previously-mentioned cul-de-sac (now on your right) towards Stone (the A51) - crosses
Ellwood Way and Peter de Stapeleigh Way. The crossroads is
controlled by traffic lights. Along Peter de Stapeleigh Way is a further set of traffic lights by
the Cronkinson Farm
pub. Some 500 yards on the right is Hawksey Drive. First
left off this is Chater Drive, and second left is Haydn Jones Drive,
while off this is
Hodgkin Close. Third left is Pickering Close and at the mini
roundabout the road joins up with Clonners Field.
Back at Hawksey Drive, the first
road on the
right is Talbot Way, off which is Stanyer Court and Thomas Avenue
- both of the latter named
after Nantwich clockmakers. Second right is Gibson Close and then we
are back in Hawksey Drive. Carry on to the mini roundabout and turn left
into Clonners Field. First left is Sherratt Close. There is a walkway
just after this which brings you into the back of Cronkinson
Oak and a walk into town. But our exploration of the new homes is not
Clonners Field continues up to the railway
line, and on the right - coming back down Clonners Field - is Birchall Close
(now on your left) then Smithers Close. You then arrive back at the mini
roundabout and carry on down Clonners Fields. On your left is Mottram
Drive then Flowerscroft, off which is Wickstead Close.
This fronts on to
London road on the Stapeley side of the level crossing.
On the right in Clonners field is
Chadwicke Close, then Horton Way and Naylor Crescent.
Carry on down Clonners Field and next on the right is Dunnilow Field which
comes out into Pear Tree Field (also left at the end of Clonners Field).
From here a right turn leads into Mainwaring Way and first on the
right is Comberbach Drive and then on the left is Hallams Drive. Most of
these houses front on to Peter de Stapeleigh Way.
nearly at the end of Comberbach Drive and you are in Massey Close.
Retrace your way back down Mainwaring Way
and turn right at the end into Pear Tree Field. First left is Tinkersfield
and second left (by the Cronkinson Farm pub) is Beechwood Close. Off
this, on your left, are Poplar Court and then Cherry Tree Court.
This brings you back to the shops. One new development here
is still being built.
Back along Beechwood Way, a
left takes you into Pear Tree Field, with the school on your right.
At the traffic
lights, turn right along Peter de Stapleigh Way and go past Hawksey Drive.
Next on your right is Burnell Close and lastly, on your left, is
Ahead are new traffic lights at
the junction with Audlem Road, near to Brine Leas School. Nantwich is to
the right along Audlem Road which becomes Wellington Road at the
junction with Park Road.