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St James' Church, Audlem
Grid reference: SJ660436
Location: 52°59’21"N, 2°30’28"W
Population: 1,991  (2011 Census)
Post town: Crewe
Postcode: CW3
Dialling code: 01270
Local Government
Council: Cheshire East

Audlem is a large village and parish in Cheshire, approximately seven miles south of Nantwich. Close to the border with neighbouring Shropshire, the village is eight miles east of Whitchurch and seven miles north of Market Drayton. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 1,790,[1] increasing to 1,991 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Audlem was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Aldelime, and Edward I granted it a market charter in 1295.[3]


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-ft-higher Shropshire Plain. The River Weaver passes west of the village. Audlem railway station closed along with the local railway line in the 1960s.


Moss Hall is an Elizabethan timber-framed hall from 1616 which is ½ mile from Audlem village centre.

Education and facilities

Audlem has clubs for tennis, badminton, football, cricket, golf, pigeon racing, caravanning]] and bowls. Cyclists meet informally at the Old Priest-House Cafe.

Saint James' Primary School is the only school in the village.

Notable residents and associated people

Architect William Baker (1705–71) lived at Highfields from the 1740s.[4]

British composer Peter McGarr (born 1953) 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 a child.[5]

Notes and references



  • Scholes, R. (2000). Towns and villages of Britain: Cheshire. Wilmslow, Cheshire: Sigma Press. ISBN 1-85058-637-3. 

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