Although "Silk Town" seems to be its preferred nickname, the traditional nickname of Macclesfield is "Treacle Town". This refers to an historical incident when a horse-drawn wagon overturned and split its load of treacle onto the street, after which the poor scooped the treacle off the road.[8]

From Monday 3rd October the library will host a Macmillan Cancer Support Information and Support stand on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Please call in and see them for information and details of support in the local area.

Filmmaker Woody Allen and actress Mia  Farrow have waged a war of words since their bitter split more than two decades ago

He has 15 years experience as a journalist in a career that has spanned Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, and he has been nominated for a number of press awards as an editor.

Macclesfield is the home to furniture store Arighi Bianchi, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, and The King's School, Macclesfield, which dates from the 16th century. The fine Georgian Town Hall was designed by Francis Goodwin in 1823. Present-day industries include pharmaceuticals, textiles, light engineering, paper and plastics.

Macclesfield is also home to an Augustus Pugin church, St Alban's on Chester Road.

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The Lifelinks Cheshire East Co-ordinator offers free health and wellbeing support in the library on the third Monday of each month, between 10.30am and 3.00pm. For details of their outreach sessions and referrals call 0808 281 1052 or email

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A railway station was opened at Beech Lane by the LNWR on 19 June 1849 and replaced a month later by Hibel Road Station. The current station dates from the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line in the 1960s, when the old station buildings were demolished to make way for new buildings.

This service depends on the RVS volunteers and at present we do not have enough volunteers to meet demand. The commitment would be to a Tuesday or Wednesday morning once a fortnight. Petrol or diesel expenses will be paid. Please contact the library for further details if you are interested in volunteering.

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This website will tell you what Make it Macclesfield is seeking to deliver and will give you an opportunity to get involved. And if you want to know what’s going on then check out our events guide ‘The Thread’, which we aim to be the ultimate guide to things to do and see in Macclesfield.

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Macclesfield Castle was a fortified town house built by the dukes of Buckingham in the later Middle Ages.

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Macclesfield has appeared in film: it was used as the location for Sir John Mills's film So Well Remembered in 1947.[37] Some of the locations are still recognisable, such as Hibel Road. A fictionalised version of Macclesfield's railway station appeared in the 2005 football hooliganism film Green Street.[38] It was also the location of Control (2007), a film about Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, who grew up in Macclesfield.

Situated in the ancient Hundred of Hamestan,[5] the town is recorded in the Domesday Book as "Maclesfeld" and in 1183 it was referred to as "Makeslesfeld".[6] The English Place-Name Society gives its name as being derived from the Old English name, Maccel, and field, yielding the meaning "Maccel's open country".[7]

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Every month, M.E.N. Media's print products reach 2.2 million adults, spanning from Accrington in the north to Macclesfield in the south.

Assistant manager Steve Watson reflects on Saturday's defeat

The Earls of Chester established the Forest of Macclesfield, which was much larger than its present-day namesake. It was used for hunting deer and pasturing sheep and cattle. By the end of the 13th century, large areas of the forest had been ploughed because of the pressure of population growth. In 1356, two trees from the forest were given to archer William Jauderell to repair his home.

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We have another of our popular online family history sessions on Wednesday 21st September at 2.00-3.30pm. Discover how Ancestry and Find my Past can help you to trace your family tree. Contact the library for further details.

In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of Macclesfield were the 3rd most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 29.3% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes.[48]

New beginners Yoga class on Tuesdays at 12.00-1.00pm. Book a block of six one-hour lessons for £27.00.

Gareth Tidman has been the editor of the Macclesfield Express and the Wilmslow Express since the beginning of 2013.

Macclesfield's professional football club, Macclesfield Town, first gained league status in 1997 as Football Conference Champions; they had won that title two years earlier but were denied promotion as their Moss Rose stadium in the south of the town failed to meet Football League stadium capacity requirements. As of the 2016–2017 season, the Silkmen play in the Football Conference after relegation in April 2012.

Classes every Wednesday at 6.00-7.00pm. For further information please email

From Monday 3rd October the library will host an Information and Support stand on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Please call in and see them.

Macclesfield is on the Stafford to Manchester section of the West Coast Main Line. Macclesfield railway station has frequent services to Manchester Piccadilly (25 minutes away), Stoke and London Euston (1 hour 47 minutes) by Virgin Trains, and to Birmingham New Street and beyond provided by CrossCountry. Northern Rail's stopping service between Manchester and Stoke calls at Macclesfield.

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Steve Watson says the team are extremely high on confidence after they made it three straight wins in the National League.


Recent cases from South and East Cheshire magistrates court.

Macclesfield RUFC, the town's rugby union club, plays in National League One, following promotion from National League 2 North in the 2013–14 season.

Welcome to Macclesfield, an ancient market town nestling on the edge of the Peak District. This website will tell you what Make it Macclesfield is seeking to deliver and will give you an opportunity to get involved.

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The town is the birthplace of wildlife painter Charles F. Tunnicliffe RA OBE (1901–1979).

Macclesfield was the administrative centre of the Hundred of Macclesfield, which occupied most of east Cheshire.[5][10] The Earl of Chester's manor of Macclesfield was very large, and its boundary extended to Disley. The manor house was on the edge of the deer park, on the west of the town.