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Cheshire (or archaically the County of Chester) is a ceremonial county in the North West of England. Chester is the county town. The largest town is Warrington, and other major towns include Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Northwich, Runcorn, Sandbach, Widnes and Wilmslow. The county is administered as four unitary authorities: Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington.
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 square kilometres (905 sq mi), with a high point of 559 metres elevation. The estimated population is 1,006,100, 19th highest in England, with a population density of 429 people per square kilometre. 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.
Churche's Mansion is a grade-I-listed timber-framed, black-and-white Elizabethan mansion house on Hospital Street in Nantwich. Dating from 1577, it is one of the very few buildings to have survived the Great Fire of 1583. Pevsner considered it one of the finest buildings of its type in Cheshire, describing it as "an outstanding piece of decorated half-timber architecture."
Built for wealthy Nantwich merchant Richard Churche and his wife by local craftsman Thomas Clease, it remained in their family until the 20th century. In 1930, it was rescued from being shipped to the USA by Edgar Myott and his wife, who began restoration work.
The upper storey and the attics overhang with jetties and feature decorative panels. The many gilded carvings include portraits of the Churches. Some of the interior oak panelling is Elizabethan in date. The mansion has been used as a dwelling, school, restaurant, shop, and granary and hay store.
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Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Born in Chester, he was educated at Westminster School, Christ Church, Oxford, and the Leipzig Conservatory, where he learned to conduct by watching the eminent Hungarian conductor Arthur Nikisch. He made his concert debut in 1914, and conducted the first performance of Holst's The Planets in 1918.
Boult conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 1924–30 and 1959–60, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for twenty years from its inception in 1930. After his controversial enforced retirement from the BBC Symphony, he became Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held until 1957. He continued to conduct and make recordings until 1981.
Particularly associated with 20th century British music, Boult's prolific recordings include the complete Vaughan Williams symphonies, as well as many works by Elgar and Holst. The main auditorium (pictured) of the Birmingham Conservatoire was named for him.
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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.
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The 130 listed buildings in Nantwich include three at grade I, seven at grade II* and 120 at grade II. Nantwich has the largest collection of historic buildings outside Chester in the county. The majority of the listed buildings were originally residential, and churches, chapels, public houses, schools, banks, almshouses and workhouses are also well represented. They range in date from the 14th century to 1911.
Only a few buildings date from before the fire of 1583, which destroyed almost all of the town centre, the oldest being the 14th-century St Mary's Church. Two timber-framed, "black and white" Elizabethan mansion houses, Churche's Mansion and Sweetbriar Hall, also pre-date the fire. Elizabeth I personally contributed to the town's subsequent rebuilding, and particularly fine examples of timber-framed buildings dating from around 1584 are 46 High Street (pictured) and the Crown Hotel, a former coaching inn believed to stand on the site of the town's Norman castle. Many Georgian town houses are listed, with four attaining grade II*, as well as several examples of Victorian corporate architecture. Unusual listed structures include a mounting block, twelve cast-iron bollards, a stone gateway, two garden walls and a summerhouse.
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