Public meetings are held weekly at the Literary Institution where you are welcome to contribute, in areas such as planning, assets and services, and Community and Environment. The Town Council consists of 18 elected members, and is supported by eight staff.

The school motto ‘Ut Severis Seges’ meaning ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’ is exemplified by our students in so many different ways. Academically, year after year, they achieve high standards. For example, in mathematics this year’s GCSE result of 85% A*-C is the best in Cheshire East and in English a result of 73% is 20% higher than the national average for boys.

Pressure of road traffic going from Greater Manchester to Crewe has forced the building of a bypass for Sandbach, Wheelock, Wheelock Heath, Winterley, and Haslington for the A534. This is largely due to the M6 motorway which has a junction (J17) at Sandbach, which is close to the RoadChef service station.

The ale brewed at this town was formerly in great repute in London, where, about the middle of the last century, it sold for twelve-pence a bottle, but it seems to be entirely supplanted by the Dorchester beer, and the Yorkshire and Welch ales, insomuch that we do not know of any Sandbach ale being now sold in the metropolis.[11]

There is also a Farmers' Market which takes place on the second Saturday of each calendar month.[34] There are a number of shops and bars concentrated in the town centre.

Sandbach School was founded as a parish charity school for boys in 1677.[45] The school became a grammar school for boys after 1955. In 1979 the school became an independent comprehensive boys school, with charitable status, funded by Cheshire Local Education Authority but controlled by a board of governors.[46] In September 2011, Sandbach School became a free school, one of the first free schools to be established in England.[47]

If you'd like to join us this Christmas, you can see our plans on our christmas pages. Give us a call on 01270 758 175 or submit an enquiry and we'll call you back to arrange your booking and answer any questions.

To promote the town, the Town Council works closely with businesses, Sandbach Traders and Retailers (STAR), Sandbach Partnership, Cheshire East Council, and other local organisations.

Sandbach Voices is a local choir that was founded in 1947 and is a registered charity.[55] The choir's mission is to bring choral music into the community, and it regularly stages concerts, often in Sandbach Town Hall or at St Mary's Church.

The town is in the Congleton constituency and the current MP is Fiona Bruce. Before the 2010 General Election the town's MP was Ann Winterton, who served the constituency since 1983. For the European Parliament it is in the North West Constituency. Before its current constituency Sandbach has been part of five other constituencys South Cheshire from 1832 to 1867, Mid Cheshire from 1868 to 1885, Crewe from 1885 to 1948, Knutsford from 1949 to 1954 and Crewe from 1955 to 1974.[17]

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Within Sandbach there is also a girls comprehensive school, Sandbach High.[48] It was originally the town's mixed Secondary Modern when Sandbach School served as the boys grammar school, but has been a single-sex comprehensive since 1979.

The following primary schools are in Sandbach Town and Civil Parish.

In 1836 Sandbach silk mills employed 554 people, including 98 boys and girls under 12 years old.[14] In 1801 the population was 1844, by 1851 this had reached 4659. The town centre is shown on an 1840 map.[15] Sandbach became a civil parish in 1866. The records from 1901 show a population of 5568. The Sandbach Corn Mill was a three-story brick building built in the late 19th century, on what is now Mill Hill Lane.[16]

A partnership of groups forms the Sandbach Partnership, which is part of the South East Cheshire Enterprise (SECE).[28]

During the 17th century, the town used to be famous for its ale:

More Saxon stone fragments can be seen by the porch of St Mary's Church, a short walk away from the crosses.

Sandbach has been a market town since 1579 when it was granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I.[9][10] Today the Thursday market is still held outdoors on Scotch Common, and in and around the Town Hall.[9]

However, I have always passionately believed in a holistic view of education which caters for the whole student and gives them the opportunity to develop their talents and passions. The extent of the opportunities available for students at Sandbach School astounded me when I first arrived at the school! Weekend sport and activities is unrivalled within Cheshire East. It wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our staff that so often go ‘the extra mile’ in support of students.

These two massive Saxon stone crosses dominate the cobbled market square of Sandbach. They are elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the Nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion, and probably date from the 9th century. They were originally painted as well as carved, and they are among the finest surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon high crosses.

Sandbach Concert Series[56] features classical, jazz and brass music.[57][58][59]

The dispute was very hot for two or three houres, and there were some townsmen hurt and two or three slaine, the Townesman slew about nine or ten and tooke 100 prisoners.[13]

Or take a shorter drive west and visit Beeston Castle, which boasts 4,000 years of history, spectacular views, delightful woodland walks and a small café.

If you'd like to join us with a larger party, we have a private dining room available. It is not a meeting room as such but can be booked for dining groups of up to twelve people by prior arrangement for either lunch or dinner. For further information please contact us.

Entries are now available for the 2016 Sandbach  10k & Family Fun Run sponsored by Butcher and Barlow. Sunday 11th September 2016...

From 1875 until 1894 Sandbach was governed by Sandbach Urban Sanitary District. Between 1894 and 1974 the town was governed by Sandbach Urban District Council. In 1974 it was merged with other urban and rural councils to form Congleton Borough Council. Congleton Borough Council was dissolved on 31 March 2009, with the new authority Cheshire East taking over its responsibilities and those of Cheshire County Council on 1 April 2009.[23]

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For the purposes of the town council and borough council elections Sandbach is divided into four wards: Elworth, Etilly Heath and Wheelock, Sandbach Heath and East and Town Ward, and town councillors are elected for terms of four years.[26][27]

The distance from London to Sandbach is 171 miles (275 km). The nearest large town is Crewe, which is six miles (10 km) to the south-west by road and can be reached either via the A534 Wheelock/Haslington bypass or via Winterley and Haslington. The nearest city is Stoke-on-Trent in the neighbouring county of Staffordshire, approximately 15 miles (24 km) away by road. The town is served by the M6 motorway, junction 17 and Sandbach Station on the Crewe to Manchester mainline.


Welcome to the Sandbach Town Council web site. Formed in 1974, the Council enhances the town by organising events, improving amenities, and striving towards our Vision for Sandbach.   Click here to visit our Facebook page

iFootpath have kindly created a circular walk from the pub to help you work up that thirst/appetite. You can view the walk details via any of the routes below. (varying levels of tech savyness required -Ed)

At the end of November every year the Christmas lights are turned on by the chairman of the town council.[60]

During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, a Scottish army swept down into England before being forced to retreat at the Battle of Worcester. On 3 September 1651 Sandbach summer fair was being held, and a Scottish army of around 1,000 exhausted cavalry men passed through the town; this army had been under the command of David Leslie.[6] The town was not an easy retreat route, however, as the people of Sandbach and the market stallholders attacked the Scottish army. A newspaper of the time said:

Parking: There are several paid car parks in the town centre, all a short walk from the Market Square.

With your well-being and happiness in mind, we are open for Brunch from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays

Join us for one of the finest meals there is.

And about 1621 William Webb writes that "Our ale here at Sandbach being no less famous than that [at Derby] of a true nappe".[12]

Local bus services are provided by Arriva and D&G Bus and Coach.

A morning of coffee and bacon butties, followed by a lovely walk in the sunshine, capped off with refreshments back at the pub...

Natural England, has designated Sandbach Flashes, a group of 14 separate areas,[31] as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), described as: