Cheshire Area

SHROPSHIRE, or Salop, is another county on the borders of Wales, or the Welsh Marches

CHESHIRE is a flat county, forming part of the Shropshire Plain

A great field of salt, over a hundred and fifty miles long, lies far under ground in Cheshire and about it.

Where the salt is now, there was, ages ago, a lake; a kind of Dead Sea

Hampstead in Middlesex is one of these pleasant places; its handsome houses of rich people stand among trees in every pleasant spot, for the suburbs of London.


THE South Lancashire coal-field, upon which Manchester stands, reaches far down into the east of Cheshire, and three or four towns which are nearly in a line with Manchester are engaged in the same two great manufactures, cotton and silk. Macclesfield, built on the side of a hill not far from Alderley Edge, is a great silk-making place; velvets, fringes, fancy braids, neckties, silk buttons, as well as muslins and calico, are made here.

Chester is the county town, and is a busy place, with iron-foundries, lead-works, and soap-works.

Nantwich on the river Weaver is the chief cheese-selling town; the cheeses are made throughout the Weaver Valley

Northwich is a busy place with many chimneys, and the chief work done there is to turn the rock-salt, which is brought from the mines, into the pure white salt.

The ancient city of Oxford. Here perhaps Great Alfred dwelt, and the University may have been founded by him, though there are no records to prove the fact. Oxford has twenty colleges altogether; perhaps the finest are in the High Street, a street of palaces, in which are Magdalen and Queen's and All Souls'. Balliol and Trinity are in Broad Street.


Researched and posted by:  Wanda Bostic Dunlap  May 2009