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Congleton is a small market town in England in the south-east corner of Cheshire. It is situated about 6 miles east of the M6 at junctions 17 & 18. Major Conurbations within one hour drive of Congleton are Manchester and its International Airport, Liverpool, Birmingham, Chester, Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Macclesfield.
It is also within easy reach of the Cheshire Plain, Peak District, Lake District and the Welsh mountains and coast.
In a recent survey carried out by Barclays Private Clients in May 2003, Congleton was placed thirty first in the "real wealthiest" places to live in England. The survey looked at the average salary in each area and then took into account the local cost of living to work out the real disposable income. The research found that the top ten places in the survey were all in the North-West.
The second annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey which tracks where living standards are highest in Great Britain by ranking local performance across key indicators of the labour market, the housing market, the environment, education and health showed why Congleton is a very good place to live.
The index examines data at local authority (LA) level. 408 local authorities were analysed in the survey. Data was gathered from sources including the ONS, DEFRA, the Met Office, the Department for Transport and the Halifax house price database.
And what did it find?
Well Congleton is the best place to live in the North West as it is the Local Authority with the Best Quality of Life for the whole area.
Some attractions in the Congleton area include:
Little Moreton Hall the most outstanding timber framed moated house in Britain. Scenes from Granada TV’s "Moll Flanders" (1996) and Paramount’s "Lady Jane" (1986) starring Helena Bonham Carter were filmed here.
Jodrell Bank, the world's largest movable radio telescope. With exhibitions and many hands on exhibits within the Science Centre, visitors are able to discover and unravel for themselves some of the scientific wonders of the Universe. Sitting beneath countless stars in the Planetarium is amazing.
Gawsworth Hall An ancient manor house wrapped in romance, intrigue and great charm.
Lyme Park A Tudor house that was transformed by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace. Used as the exterior of Pemberley in BBC TV’s "Pride & Prejudice" (1996)
Capesthorne Hall. 18th century Jacobean-style Hall set in 100 acres of picturesque Cheshire parkland is one of Cheshire's premier historic houses.
During the summer months a stroll through the Public Parks (including The historic Congleton Park) will find you amazed with the floral colours and displays. All thanks to Congletons green fingered council team .Children will also love the many play areas around the borough too.
If it is cycling or walking you are looking for or other outdoor pursuits such as golf, fishing and bird watching, then the natural beauty and landscape of the Congleton area can provide the perfect backdrop.
More information can be found at The Congleton Tourist Information Centre
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