FEATURES WELL-KNOWN STREET
"WELSH Row Through The Ages",
the museum’s major summer exhibition, was opened by Mayor
of Cheshire East, Cllr. Lesley Smetham. It runs until Saturday,
The Mayor was accompanied by her Consort, Mr
David Smetham. Also present was the Mayor of
Nantwich, Cllr. David Marren. Local musician,
introduced the event with a selection of Welsh-themed music and a
The exhibition is designed to illustrate continuity
and change on the row throughout its long and varied history.
Nantwich developed as an important
crossing point of the River Weaver. Initially the river was crossed
by a ford, which was supplemented in medieval times by a bridge.
Once known as Frog Row, Welsh Row was a
vital thoroughfare and the passage of people and goods saw commerce
and industry flourish. The name stems from the time the Welsh
visited the area to obtain salt. Some settled in the row, making
their mark on the town and leading to the naming of the row.
Prosperity soon brought people and entertainment to the district.
The exhibition explores the development of the row and its
relationship to the rest of the town. It features maps, timelines
and pictures to explain the growth of the row through the centuries
identifying some of the characters who lived and studied there
through iconic “blue plaque” style presentations.
The Museum’s Research Group made use of
archaeology, letters and modern reminiscences to design the
exhibition and bring the history of Welsh Row to life.
booklets detailing some of the topics are available from the Museum
Image: Welsh Row
looking towards the town centre (note the church tower).
THE Museum hosts a Dementia Friendship Group which meets at 2pm on
the first and third Monday of every month. It is open to anyone
living with dementia, their carer, family and friends. No charge is
made to attend the meetings. For more details visit
"NANTWICH PUBS" BOOK LAUNCHED
has never lacked somewhere to drink. That fact is made very clear in
"Nantwich Pubs", a new book at the Museum.
Complied by local authors Andrew Lamberton and Bill
Pearson, the 164-page, fully illustrated book, costing £11.95, is a
comprehensive street-by-street review of local pubs past and
present, the past breweries in the town and the ghosts which haunt
The book is being sold through the
Museum Shop and other outlets throughout the town with all profits
being donated to Museum funds by the authors.
TOUR THE TOWN
GUIDED tours of Nantwich are
led by volunteers from the museum, either as a general
tour for members of the public, or an exclusive one
tailored to meet the requirements of a group.
They last for
between an hour an half and two hours and can feature
Tudor Nantwich, Victorian Nantwich, the Battle of
Nantwich, and the Civil War. Or they can have a specific
theme such as industry in the local area to suit a
The tours cost
£2 per person for a minimum of six people. Larger groups
or parties of individuals may be split into smaller
parties so that participants can hear the leader of the
tour and see any relevant object easily.
To join an
arranged tour, or to set up one for your group,
telephone 01270 627104, e-mail
email@example.com, or call in at the
museum. For more information visit the museum
or call in at the museum.
CONTACT THE MUSEUM on
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01270 627104.
www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk. Or visit
https://twitter.com/NantwichMuseum. Or call in to the
museum in Pillory Street (CW5 5BQ) - opposite the
The museum is open from
10.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free. The museum
is a registered charity.
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CONTOURS AND COLOURS
"CONTOURS and Colours in Paint and Print", an exhibition
by Margaret Gill and Barbara Barlow, in the Your Space gallery,
features oil and acrylic paintings and handcrafted reduction
linocuts based on ancient Japanese art, similar to woodcut images.
As well as using oil and acrylic
paints, Margaret is drawn to mixing a range of media to achieve her
desired effects, and to see what unexpected effects ensue. Some of
the work develops in unplanned ways when materials, colours and
textures work with, or against, each other.
Landscapes and the natural world are of
particular interest where Margaret's aim is to simplify complex
images while exaggerating colour and pattern.
Reduction linocut printmaking requires specialist tools and
materials including a press and specialist Japanese papers. Each
image takes about five days to complete and begins with a drawn
chooses to make very small editions of up to 15 of each image, often
producing them in varying colourways. She comments "I don't plan too
far ahead because I want to be surprised by the results".
Entry to the museum and exhibition is
free and the artwork is available to purchase. The exhibition runs
until Saturday, October 27.
o Images. Top right: a
work by Margaret Gill. Above: Water of Life by Barbara Barlow.
THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITIONS
In the Millennium Gallery
October 17 to January 5: "2018 Nantwich
Camera Club Photographic Exhibition."
In the Your Space Gallery
October 30 to December 8: "Representation of the People" by David
to the museum and exhibitions is free but small charges are made for
some special events. As arrangements can change, visitors are
advised to check details before travelling to the museum, to avoid
"THE CIVIL WARS IN CHESHIRE" EVENING CLASS
the success of an evening class in 2017, the Museum is running a
further course focussed on the English Civil Wars. Entitled "The
Civil Wars in Cheshire", the five-week course takes place on Thursday
evenings from October 4 to November 1 and aims
an understanding of the local war.
Course tutor, Dr Keith Lawrence, will cover the arrival of the war in Cheshire in 1642,
lead up to the Siege of Nantwich and the campaign of the "Irish
Royalist Army" in 1643,
Barthomley Massacre of December 1643,
Siege and 1644 Battle of Nantwich, and finally
Siege of Chester and Sir William Brereton’s search for support.
The cost is £50, which includes course materials and refreshments.
Early booking is
Coffee mornings are held from 10.30am to
12.30pm in the Millennium Gallery on the last Friday of each month
(except bank holiday weekends) in aid of museum funds.
THERE is a wide range of history booklets in the museum shop, with
more being added all the time.
The latest additions include booklets related to the
Battle of Nantwich. Among others are "A.N.Hornby - Famous Victorian
Sportsperson" by Bill Pearson; "Harry Thomas Johnson on Nantwich
in the 1880s", featuring pages from Johnsons' Nantwich Almanack and
Directory and its successor publication; "Nantwich Railways" by
Jeremy Nicholls, redressing the balance of Nantwich's place in
The booklets cost £2.95 or £3,95. They are
selling well and so some may not be available when you call in, but
more copies are being printed all the time.
Full details are available on the museum
- the booklets produced so far, the ones on the way, and those which
are proposed for future publication.
o See a review of two
AWARD FOR BARRIE
volunteer, Barrie Astbury, has received a "Salt of the Earth" award
from the then Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr Penny Butterill. It is the
Community Volunteer Award for his work which includes educational
projects and town tours for the Museum.
A citation said these "help to fulfil the
function of a community museum and support it financially."
months ago, Barrie received this year's Dutton Medal presented by
the Museum. Nantwich man Ron Dutton produces the medals in memory of
his parents, Cllr and Mrs Walter J. Dutton.
For the full list of this year's award winners,