Wheelock, Cheshire

Wheelock, Cheshire

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Wheelock
population =
shire_district= Congleton
shire_county = Cheshire
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Congleton
post_town= SANDBACH
postcode_district = CW11
postcode_area= CW
dial_code= 01270


Wheelock is a long village in the civil parish of Sandbach which is in Cheshire, England. It is south of Sandbach on the road to Crewe. It was named after the River Wheelock.


Before its bypass was opened, among lorry drivers 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 Railway near 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 Wheelock which 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 township within 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 parish in 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 Haslington civil parish in Nantwich Rural District. Ecclesiastically, Wheelock lies in the Diocese of Chester, and a separate ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1840. It first formed part of Middlewich rural 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 Crewe.


Local government

Wheelock is part of Cheshire and 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 Council in 1974.


The Village is in the Congleton Constituency and the Current MP is Lady Ann Winterton, and for the European Parliament it is in the North West Constituency.

Religious sites

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
*Baptist Chapel,Wheelock
*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.

Other meanings

Occasionally "wheelock" is used as a wrong name for a car wheelclamp.Fact|date=May 2008

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