Audlem is a large village and civil parish located in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire in North West England, approximately 7 mi (11 km) south of Nantwich. Close to the border with the neighbouring county of Shropshire, the village is eight miles (13 km) east of Whitchurch and seven miles (11 km) north of Market Drayton. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,790, increasing to 1,991 at the 2011 Census.
It is situated on the Shropshire Union Canal which has a run of 15 locks, designed by Thomas Telford, to raise the canal from the Cheshire Plain to the 93 feet (28 m) higher Shropshire Plain. The River Weaver passes west of the village. Audlem railway station closed along with the local railway line in the 1960s.
Education and facilities
Saint James' Primary School is the only school in the village.
Notable residents and associated people
- William Baker (1705–71) an architect, surveyor and building contractor, lived at Highfields from the 1740s.
- Field Marshal Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere (1773-1865), soldier, associate of the Duke of Wellington, was educated at a grammar school then in Audlem for three years from age nine before entering Westminster School.
- Henry Lisle (1846 in Audlem – 1916) lawyer  and political figure in Saskatchewan, Canada
- Alice E. Gillington (1863 in Audlem – 1934) author, poet and journalist, she published books about Gypsies
- Herbert Broomfield (1878 in Audlem – unknown) football goalkeeper, 28 pro appearances for Bolton Wanderers F.C.
- Peter Ellson (1925 in Audlem – 2014) professional footballing goalkeeper, 219 pro appearances for Crewe Alexandra F.C.
- Peter McGarr (born 1953) a classical composer and teacher; he has written several pieces inspired by Audlem ('Audlem Sonatas', 'Night-time' and 'Mourning Gamelan'), as homage to his mother, who lived in the village when she was a child.
- Margaret Canovan (1939-2018), political theorist, lived in Audlem from 1979-2003 while working at Keele University.
Notes and references
- "2001 Census: Audlem". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- Scholes, R. (2000). pages 24–25.
- Robinson JM. 'Highfields, Audlem, Cheshire'. Country Life, 31 January 1991
- Memoirs and Correspondence of Field-marshal Viscount Combermere, by Mary, Viscountess Combermere and W.W. Knollys (1866), Volume 1, page 25.
- Saskatchewan Archives Board, Members of the Legislative Assembly retrieved 17 March 2018
- EFDSS Folk Music Journal, Alice E. Gillington, Dweller on the Roughs retrieved 17 March 2018
- Profile at MUFC Info.com retrieved 17 March 2018
- Crewe Alexandra F.C., 16 April 2014, Peter Ellson, A Tribute retrieved 17 March 2018
- Website of UK Composer Peter McGarr
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