Winsford and Rural East

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The Winsford and Rural East area is located in the east of the borough of Cheshire West and Chester. Winsford is the major town in this area which also includes the villages of Whitegate, Delamere, Tarporley, Lostock Gralam and Byley.

Winsford is a modern industrial town with a rich heritage based on the salt industry. In 1721 Parliament gave permission for locks and other improvements on the River Weaver to allow sea-going vessels to reach Winsford Bridge.  Specially designed boats, called Weaver flat boats, carried coal to the salt works and transported salt to Liverpool for export. Although the waterways through the town are no longer used for transporting salt Winsford is home to the UK’s only working salt mine which is owned by Salt Union.

Over the last 30 years Winsford has changed dramatically in character.  A once declining Victorian working town has become a modern and pleasant residential and industrial area.  Cheshire Police and Fire Service have located their HQ in the town and a newly built Lifestyle Centre brings a large, multi-purpose venue with both leisure and theatre facilities open seven days a week.  Attractive landscaping work has taken place along the River Weaver transforming the waterway from an industrial backwater to a place of recreation and enjoyment, with excellent fishing and boating.

Tarporley is one of the larger villages located in Winsford and Rural East.  This pretty village has a bustling high street with smart shops and restaurants and a monthly country market popular with residents and visitors.  The village is situated near to the site of a pre-historic settlement.  At the time of the Norman Conquest it was of sufficient importance to deserve a mention in the Domesday Book where it was described as ‘Toepelei’, interpreted as meaning a pear wood near a hill.

Picturesque Shakerley Mere in the village of Byley is a wonderful place to enjoy a stroll around the lake or a picnic beneath the birch and oak.  The mere is stocked with carp, bream, roach and perch and is suitable for disabled anglers. The water is leased by Lymm Angling Club. Day permits are available on the bank.

Many picture postcard villages are scattered throughout the beautiful countryside of Rural East boasting excellent facilities such as schools and shopping.  Winsford and Rural East is a great place to live, work and visit. 

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