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Cheshire occupies a boulder clay plain(pictured) which separates the hills of North Wales from the Peak District of Derbyshire. The county covers an area of 2,343 km2 (905 sq mi), with a high point of 559 m (1,834 ft) elevation. The estimated population is a little over one million, 19th highest in England, with a population density of around 450 people per km2.
The county was created in around 920, but the area has a long history of human occupation dating back to before the last Ice Age. Deva was a major Roman fort, and Cheshire played an important part in the Civil War. Predominantly rural, the county is historically famous for the production of Cheshire cheese, salt and silk. During the 19th century, towns in the north of the county were pioneers of the chemical industry, while Crewe became a major railway junction and engineering facility.
The present red sandstone church is a Grade I listed building. The tower dates from around 1180 and is the oldest in Cheshire, although it has largely been rebuilt after falling in 1757. Originally over 100 feet (30 m) high, the rebuilt tower is 20 feet (6 m) lower. Parts of the remainder of the church date from the 13th century, including the arches connecting the tower to the nave, the narrow lancet windows, the flat buttresses and the arcade piers. The interior retains the old stone seating around its sides, and the south aisle contains some carved stones dating from the Norman era. In the churchyard is a tall 17th century sundial.
24 October: The Monsoon Forest area of Chester Zoo reopens after a fire in December 2018.
22 October: A review headed by the former judge David Pearl has found that the late Victor Whitsey, who served as Bishop of Chester (1974–81), committed multiple acts of sexual abuse against young people and others between 1966 and 1981.
Top: Map of modern Cheshire showing urban areas (grey) and the major road network. Chester (red) is the county town, and Warrington has the greatest population. Towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants in 2011 are highlighted; the size of dot gives a rough indication of the relative population. Wales and the adjacent English counties are shown in capitals.
This is a pretty Rich land; ... its much on Enclosures and I passed by severall large pooles of waters, but what I wonder'd at was yt tho' this shire is remarkable for a greate deale of greate Cheeses and Dairys I did not see more than 20 or 30 Cowes in a troope feeding, but on Enquiry find ye Custome of ye Country to joyn their milking together of a whole village and so make their great Cheeses.