What is on these town sites now?

OVER the years, when properties in Nantwich have been lost, it was probably because the building had become no longer inhabitable or usable.

    Maybe it was a business that was either not viable

 

or from which a firm had simply moved to new premises.

   On this page are some Nantwich buildings which have vanished from the scene for one reason or

 

 

another, with a further picture of what is currently on the site.

   The old pictures were sent to me by Andrew Lamberton. The up-to-date pictures are mine.  

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Housing complex stands on the site of former agricultural business

AFTER several years of uncertainty, a housing complex of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroomed houses has been built on the site of a well-known agricultural business.

   Burgess (Agricultural Engineers) Ltd was once sited in buildings in St Anne's Lane, off Welsh Row (above, left). When that was demolished the site lay derelict.

   At one time the site was all set to become the location for 62 sheltered housing apartments for the elderly, together with offices and a shop. The name St Anne's Court had been approved earlier.

    Nantwich Town Council weren't completely happy as they said there would be "traffic issues" with vehicles emerging from St Anne's Lane on to Welsh Row.

   The former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council had previously turned down a plan for 55 apartments, stating the new homes would be too close to homes already in the area.

   The then Historic Environment Planning Officer (Archaeology) for the former Cheshire County Council, Mark Leah, called for a ban on building work until a dig had been carried out on the site.

    At the time, Mark told me: "I have advised the Borough that any planning permission needs to be accompanied by a programme of archaeological work (following a programme of trial trenching

which showed that there was archaeology across much of the site). 

   "An archaeology firm had already carried out such a lot of Roman archaeology'."

   Mark went on: "Elsewhere on the site, there is archaeology but this is buried by a thick deposit of black organic material and I have agreed with the developers that they will commission their

 

archaeological consultant to liaise over the design of the foundations so that the archaeology can be preserved in situ."

   [When historical artefacts found on a development site cannot be easily removed they are left in place - for future archaeologists to try to remove. With better means of access available to them, presumably. But the foundations of new buildings are designed so that the artefacts are not damaged in the meantime.]    

 

AS work got underway on the development, Mark - now the Development Control Archaeologist, Cheshire Archaeology Planning Advisory Service, Cheshire Shared Services - gave me an update on the site:  

   "Basically, everything went very quiet for some time and then Jones Homes took over the site and engaged archaeologists at RSK Environment to address the archaeological issues.

    "We should note at this point that the northern part of the site had been dealt with some years ago, when shallow Roman deposits were excavated by Gifford in 2006 and the results published as an appendix to the report on the Kingsley Fields excavations by Manchester University in 2001. [See note below].

   "This left the southern two thirds of the site and here it was agreed that the deeply-buried and less-sensitive archaeology in this part of the site would be largely preserved beneath the new houses.

   "This was achieved by limiting the amount of disturbance caused by the piled foundations to less than 5% of the site and making sure that the overlying concrete slabs for the houses were laid within the top metre of modern soil.

   "Inevitably, there was some deeper disturbance

 

 

and this was associated primarily with the excavation of the main sewer. A watching brief was maintained during the excavation of this feature by Oxford Archaeology North over the summer and confirmed that although archaeological features were sealed beneath the thick deposit of black sediment and isolated finds were present within it, major archaeological deposits were not present in this area.

   "All disturbance was, however, fully recorded and a report is in preparation for deposition in the Cheshire Historic Environment Record."

o Work on the northern part of the site is mentioned in: "Roman Nantwich: a salt-making settlement. Excavations at Kingsley Fields 2002", Appendix B by Peter Arrowsmith and David Power (2012), British Archaeological Reports, 557, Oxford.

 

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The place where I put my foot in it - literally . . .

I REMEMBER the previous building to the one on the right on a site at the end of Millfields - the one that was demolished to make way for the current flats (below).

   This is the Mill House complex on the corner of Millfields and Queen's Drive on the Millfields Estate. Mill House was an old people's home, but it was a disused barn at the back that I remember more.

   That was where Nantwich Players made and stored scenery for the productions they staged at the Civic Hall - before they obtained their own theatre in the centre of town.

   The Barn was a two-storey building. We used downstairs for scenery storage and the first floor to construct and paint the scenery.

   Obviously, the stairs were out as a means of moving the scenery from one floor to the other and so a slot was created in the floor between two joists through which the scenery could be passed up or down.

   I remember one evening, as I was helping to move a piece of scenery, while walking backwards, I stepped into a void that had once been floorboards.

 

   Luckily only one leg went through the gap and no damage was done. I probably wasn't the first to do that.

   The buildings were demolished in 2008 and an impressive large complex - Mill House Extra Care housing scheme, for the over 55s - was constructed for Wulvern Housing on the site

   It has 21 one- and two-bedroom homes and was sold on a "shared ownership basis" (71,250 for a 50% share plus 70 a week).

  There is 24-hour care for the occupants if they need it. The residents are a mix of able and disabled older people.

 

 

 

Right: The former Mill House flats for old people (top) and the Millfields / Queen's Drive corner of the complex today (right). Below: two view of the Millfields side of the building.  

 

 

A development named after a Civil War commander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS is the Barony Road premises of Wilhall Engineering Co Ltd at the demolition stage. On the right is the Fairfax Court apartments that are there now.

    The name of the building comes from a leading

 

figure in the Battle of Nantwich, during the English Civil War, in 1644. There is also a Fairfax Bridge not far away.

   I don't know if the colour of the walls of the original building was picked up for the top floor of the 

 

apartments block or if that was just a coincidence, but the wall at the front of the site has clearly been retained. You can pick out the same white marks in both pictures if you look closely.

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