- Wheelock, Cheshire
infobox UK place
country = England
region= North West England
postcode_district = CW11
Wheelock is a long village in the
civil parishof Sandbachwhich is in Cheshire, England. It is south of Sandbachon the road to Crewe. It was named after the River Wheelock.
Before its bypass was opened, among
lorrydrivers Wheelock was notorious for a vicious little hill running from the Trent and Mersey Canal bridge up to a bridge crossing over the North Staffordshire Railwaynear the junction with Zan Drive, [http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=375061&y=359425&z=1&sv=375061,359425&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf&ax=375061&ay=359425 Map showing Zan Drive.] www.streetmap.co.uk. Retrieval Date: August 24, 2007.] particularly when winter weather made the road icy.
Zan Drive leads to a small industrial area named Zan Industrial Park.
Wheelock has a large housing estate.Fact|date=May 2008
Wheelock has 3
public houses.Fact|date=May 2008
Wheelock holds an annual village fair.Fact|date=May 2008
The village was named after the
River Wheelockwhich runs through it, and in which "Wheelock" is derived from an Old Welsh source meaning "winding river".Dodgson, J. McN. (1970a). page 38.] Dodgson, J. McN. (1970b). page 274.] The first recorded name for the village is Hoileck/Hoiloch in the Doomsday Book. [cite web |url=http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7581554&queryType=1&resultcount=1 |title=documentsonline |accessdate=2008-07-22 |work= |publisher=www.nationalarchives.gov.uk|date= ] By 1396 the name had evolved to Quelock then in 1382 to Whelock. Two years later, in 1384 it was Welock and by 1390 the name Wheelock was settled upon. [cite web |url=http://www.wheelockgenealogy.org/page3.html |title=Wheelock history|accessdate=2008-07-22 |work= |publisher=www.wheelockgenealogy.org |date= ]
In 1801 the population was 189 , by 1851 it was 548 and by 1901 it was 685.cite web |url=http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/chs/wheelock.html |title=Wheelock|accessdate=2008-07-22 |work= |publisher=www.ukbmd.org.uk|date= ]
The village was originally a
townshipwithin the ancient parish of Sandbach, which formed part of Northwich Hundred. Later on it became part of Congleton Poor Law Union, Rural Sanitary District, and Rural District.Youngs, F. A. (1991). page 40.] Wheelock and surrounding land was made a separate civil parishin 1866, but in 1936 the civil parish was abolished, with the northern part (containing the village) being transferred to Sanbach Urband District and Sandbach civil parish, and the southern part (containing the hamlet of Wheelock Heath and surrounding farmland) being transferred to Haslingtoncivil parish in NantwichRural District. Ecclesiastically, Wheelock lies in the Diocese of Chester, and a separate ecclesiastical parishwas formed in 1840. It first formed part of Middlewichrural deanery, but since 1880 it has been part of Congleton rural deanery.
Wheelock first lay in the general Cheshire county parliamentary constituency until 1832, when it became part of the Cheshire Southern Division constituency. From 1867 until 1885 it was in the Cheshire Middle Division constituency, and from 1885 until 1948 it lay in the parliamentary constituency of
Wheelock is part of
Cheshireand as such has some services administered by Cheshire County Council. Most of the other services are provided by Congleton Borough Council, whose headquarters are at Westfields in Sandbach. [cite web |url=http://www.congleton.gov.uk/?t=946 |title=Office Centralisation Programme |accessdate=2008-06-26 |work= |date= ] For the purposes of local government Wheelock is now administered by Sandbach Town Council as it is now part of Sandbach civil parish.cite web |url=http://www.sandbach.gov.uk/About%20STC.htm|title=About |accessdate=2008-06-28 |work= |publisher=www.sandbach.gov.uk |date= ]
The village was formally governed by Sandbach Urban District Council, this was then merged with other Urban and rural councils forming
Congleton Borough Councilin 1974.
Some of the churches in Wheelock have joined with the ecclesiastical parish of Sandbach and others to form the group
Churches Together in Sandbach. [http://www.sandbachchurches.org.uk/members.html#c5 Retrieved 25 of June 2008 ] This group helps bring the various denominational churches together. Wheelock has four churches
The following churches are in Wheelock
Christ Church, Wheelock
Wheelock Methodist Church
Congregational Church, Wheelock
Wheelock Primary School(formerly Wheelock County Primary School) [ [http://www.wheelock.cheshire.sch.uk/ Wheelock County Primary School.] www.wheelock.cheshire.sch.uk Retrieval Date: May 26, 2008.] Recently (as at 20 April 2007) children from the school have been out trying to stop vehicle drivers from speeding on Crewe Road into Sandbach.
Occasionally "wheelock" is used as a wrong name for a car
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