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Macclesfield, Cheshire East

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Macclesfield, Cheshire East

Macclesfield is a market town within the unitary authority of Cheshire East, and the county of Cheshire, England. The population of the Macclesfield urban sub-area at the time of the 2011 census was 51,739. A person from Macclesfield is sometimes referred to as a "Maxonian". Macclesfield, like many other areas in Cheshire, is considered to be a relatively affluent town.
Administrative CountyCheshire East
Traditional CountyCheshire
OS GridSJ9173
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCheshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCheshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCheshire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01625

Other names by which Macclesfield, Cheshire East has been known in the past

Maclesfield ~ Maxfield ~ Maclesfeld

Macclesfield, Cheshire East in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Macclesfield.-- mun. bor., market town, and township, Prestbury par., Cheshire, on river Bollin and adjacent to the Macclesfield Canal, 17 miles S. of Manchester and 165 miles NW. of London by rail - township, 2580 ac., pop. 28,619; bor., 3215 ac., pop. 37,514; 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. Macclesfield has an agreeable position on an eminence in proximity to the district known as Macclesfield Forest. It had an early appearance on the stage of history owing to its being a part of the estates of the Earls of Mercia before the Conquest. It was besieged and taken by the Parliamentarians under Sir William Brereton during the Civil War. Afterwards it supplied 4 regiments of 700 men each for the service of Charles II., while he was at the head of his army in Scotland. In 1745 it was occupied by the forces of Prince Charles. Silk mfr. in nearly all its branches forms the staple trade. The first silk mill was opened in 1756. For many years the silk throwsters of Macclesfield supplied material to the Spitalfield weavers. The town has extensive mfrs. of upholsterers' trimmings, a few cotton and smallware factories and some breweries. Coal mines and slate and stone quarries are worked in the vicinity. The fine old church of St Michael, founded in 1278, is its most interesting building. Macclesfield was incorporated in the reign of Henry III., and was made a parliamentary borough in 1832. It returned 2 members to Parliament from 1832 until 1885, when it was disfranchised.

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