The town of Congleton is located on the River Dane in Cheshire. It is home to over 26,000 people and the first mention of Congleton dates back to 1282. After the River Dane flooded in 1451 causing considerable destruction in the town, the river was diverted and the town was rebuilt on higher ground. Congleton is home to a number of sites and buildings of great historical and visitor interest.
Little Moreton Hall
Also known as Old Moreton Hall, Little Moreton Hall is an iconic Tudor-era National Trust building. Originally built at the turn of the sixteenth century, the irregular and asymmetrical structure was added to over time. The designated Grade I listed building displays a number of unique and unusual features. Today, you can visit Little Moreton Hall and take a guided tour and explore the building’s unique structure. The gardens display an impressive array of flowers and a quaint tea shop offers visitors refreshment.
Astbury Mere Country Park
Astbury Mere Country Park is owned and operated by the Astbury Mere Trust. The 14-hectare park occupies the site of a former sand quarry, which has now been reclaimed by nature. With paths linking to the surrounding countryside, Astbury Mere Country Park is located on the edge of Peak District National Park. An Easy Access Trail makes the park accessible, with a wheelchair available from the park’s Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre also offers stunning panoramic views over Astbury Mere. However, according to latest updates, the Visitor Centre remains closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Clonter Opera Theatre
The Clonter Opera Theatre comprises a 400-seat auditorium, orchestra pit, undercover dining and rehearsal facilities. Beyond opera, the theatre hosts a range of diverse events including folk, jazz, gospel, comedy, panto, workshops and theatre projects for schools. The theatre is named after a stream that runs through woodland alongside the theatre itself, the Clonterbrook, which runs into the Dane River.