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June 2020

Walk – Mill Walks and Industrial Yarns

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

It is difficult to imagine that rural Congleton was one of the earliest mill towns. Its first and largest silk mill was erected in 1752, long before Arkwright’s mills at Cromford. This walk will aim to show the extent of the town’s textile heritage and how it influenced the lives of its inhabitants. Leader Lyndon Murgatroyd  

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July 2020

Walk – Artisan to Patrician

July 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

Green Island was one of Congleton’s major industrial centres with its textile mills and workers houses, including the notorious Gibraltar Rocks. In contrast the Edwardian and Victorian villas of Park Lane reflect the self assuredness of the town’s industrial and commercial elite. Leader: Ian Doughty  

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August 2020

Walk – The Importance of Water

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

Water has been important in the development of Congleton as both a means of transport and an industrial resource for the tanning and textile trades. The provision of drinking water and an effective sewage disposal system was still concerning the town as late as the 1960’s. Leader Ian Doughty  

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September 2020

Walk – Changing Places

September 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

Using images of Congleton, taken over the past 100 years, this walk will show how the main streets of the town have developed to meet the changing social and economic needs of its inhabitants. Leader: Ian Doughty  

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October 2020

Walk – Congleton and the Age of Enlightenment

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

The 18th century saw many advances in science, art, literature, industrial and agricultural production. This walk will examine how the wealth, the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ and the Industrial Revolution changed the architecture of the town. Leader Ian Doughty  

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November 2020

Walk – Congleton gets Connected

November 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congleton Museum, Market Square
Congleton, CW12 1ET
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£3.50 – £6

Today access to utilities; gas, water, sewage, electricity and telecommunications is taken for granted. During this walk discover how these new services came to the town during the 19th and early 20th centuries and how they changed the way in which its inhabitants lived  and worked. Leader: Peter Aston  

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