SPOTLIGHT ON . . . additional homes
Town gets 80 new addresses in 10 years
PITY the post people in Nantwich. There have been 80 new addresses - that's streets or apartment blocks - in the first 10 years of the 21st Century that they have to get familiar with.
I'm not claiming to have researched them myself, but I know they are there because of the following review conducted by recently-retired Nantwich postman, Andrew Lamberton.
A noted Nantwich historian, Andrew contributes to "A Dabber's Nantwich", including the "Ask Andrew" page.
You can either sit down and read the review, possibly with reference to a town map, or, as a change from a walk in the country, print off this page and actually walk the roads as a way of getting to know the new places in Nantwich.
Picture: The Castle Court development on The Waterlode
By Andrew Lamberton
THE two major developments over the last 10 years have been at Stapeley and Kingsley Fields, but other smaller developments have also taken place and I'll deal with these first.
Wright Court and Wright Lodge have been built on the site of the former Wyche Anglers headquarters at 91 London Road.
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 Imperial Court. 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 (above) 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 Wallfields Road.
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 (main picture).
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 Chapel 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 side.
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 (above), 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 Salt Meadows. These roads were first constructed as a cul-de-sac, separated by a copse of treea from Taylor Drive and other roads but were made into one road in 2018. The side roads are Williamson Drive and Clough Court.
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 contains apartments known as Siddall’s Court.
Travelling down High Street from The Square you will approach the town bridge over the River Weaver. Turn right to take the inner by-pass 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 the immediate right are 15 houses facing the by-pass called Morgan Walk. On the left are 26 houses built in a circle called Carter Close. Turn left into Ernley Close. At the far end is Holland Walk and at the far end of that is a development called Beatty Court.
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, you cross 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 and 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 is Deane 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 Fields.
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 yet finished
Clonners Field continues up to the railway line, and on the right - coming back down Clonners Fields - 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.
Turn right 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. Back along Beechwood Way, a left turn 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 Wren’s Close.
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.
And after the developments above . . . Three homes developments add to housing stock | List of Nantwich housing sites | St Anne's Court (St Anne's Lane) | Wellington House (JobCentre site) | The homes on the old Nantwich Town F.C. ground | Homes behind former public house site | New use for planned apartments site
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