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Sir Charles Lidbury (1880–1978), banker, born at the School House, Middlewich.[77]

Middlewich lies on the A533 road linking it to Northwich and Runcorn in the north, and Sandbach to the south, the A54 linking it to Chester and Winsford to the west and Holmes Chapel and Buxton to the east, and A530 linking it to Crewe and Nantwich to the south.[70]

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Cheshire,[47] and Congleton Borough Council has recognised the importance of Middlewich's canals in its attempts to promote tourism in the borough.[48] Visitors to the 2003 Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival were estimated to have spent £2.3 million in the town over the two days of the festival.[49]

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Following a petition in 1766, the Trent and Mersey Canal was diverted from its original course to provide transport to the town,[63] and now links with a branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. The link between the two canals, which was opened in 1833,[73] is actually a third canal known as the Wardle Canal; at about 100 feet (30 m) in length, it is the shortest canal in the United Kingdom.

Middlewich lies on a railway branch line between Sandbach and Northwich, but Middlewich railway station – opened in 1868 and closed to passenger traffic in 1959 – has been demolished.[71] The branch line is still used by freight trains. The closest railway station is at Winsford, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) away.[72]

James Hargreaves (1834–1915) was a chemist and inventor, who, along with Thomas Bird, developed a process for the electrolysis of brine using asbestos diaphragms. In 1899, he became director of the newly opened General Electrolytic Alkali Company at Middlewich.[76]

Three-quarters of the 9,500 people between the ages of 16 and 74 are classed as "economically active", that is, either in full or part-time employment, or full-time students.[38] Unemployment runs at around 2.2%, compared to 3.4% nationally. Eighty-seven percent of households own at least one car, primarily used for travel to and from work; nearly 77% of residents travel to work by car, 10% work from home, and the remainder use public transport, walk, or cycle.[38]

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Archive of information about the artists who appeared at the Middlewich FAB Festival in 2016.

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Notable residents include the theologians John Hulse (1708–1790) who founded the Hulsean lectures at Cambridge University, and Theophilus Lindsey (1723 OS – 1808) who inspired the Feathers Tavern Petition against clerical subscription to the Thirty-Nine Articles, and so helped start one of the most profound debates within the Church of England in the 18th century.[75] Elizabeth Ashbridge (1713–55), an 18th-century Quaker minister, was born in the town.

Middlewich is a market town in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is 19.2 miles (30.9 km) east of the city of Chester, 2.9 miles (4.7 km) east of Winsford, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) southeast of Northwich and 4.7 miles (7.6 km) northwest of Sandbach. The population of the town at the 2011 Census was 13,595.[1]

Based in Middlewich, Cheshire, in the UK, Andersen Boats offer canal boat holidays.

In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in England.[2]

Middlewich has had a football club since at least 1902. The current club, Middlewich Town, was formed in 1998, and plays in the Mid-Cheshire League. Middlewich also has a cricket club on Croxton Lane. There is a leisure centre[59] which shares facilities with the high school. Middlewich is one of two large towns in the former borough of Congleton without a public swimming pool, in spite of the various initiatives that have been started to provide one.[60]

The club is run in conjunction with Congleton Learning Centre, as part of the East Cheshire Work Club Network. Contact Cath or Gail on 01260 290 682 or 07580 724 932 for more information.

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Since 1990 there have been initiatives to increase the volume of tourism into the town, through events such as the annual folk and boat festival, the Roman and Norman festivals, and regular farmers' markets.

The climate is generally temperate with few extremes of temperature or weather. The mean average temperature is slightly above average for the United Kingdom as is the average amount of sunshine.[32][33] The average annual rainfall is slightly below the average for the UK.[34] There are few days when snow is lying on the ground, although there are some days of air frost.[35][36]

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Middlewich's hospital is Leighton Hospital near Crewe, part of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust. Primary care services are provided by the Central and Eastern Cheshire Primary Care Trust. GP services are provided by two medical practices. There are two dental practices.[61]

There are places of worship for five Christian denominations within the town: Church of England, Methodist, United Reformed Church, Catholic and Pentecostal. There are no places of worship for non-Christian faiths.[66]

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On 13 March 1643 the town was the scene of the first Battle of Middlewich, between the Parliamentarians, under Sir William Brereton, and the Royalist supporters of King Charles I of England, under Sir Thomas Aston.[17] The second Battle of Middlewich took place on 26 December 1643, and claimed the lives of about 200 Parliamentarians, along with a number of Royalists under the command of Lord Byron.

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