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Congleton is a town in Cheshire in England, situated on the banks of the River Dane and west of the Macclesfield Canal. In 2001 its population was 22,763. Congleton has been part of the Cheshire East Unitary Authority since 2009.
It is believed that it was already a Roman settlement. In 1272 Congleton received its town charter with the right to hold fairs and markets. King Edward I allowed the building of a mill. Congleton became an important centre of textile production, particularly in the manufacture of lace and leather gloves. In 1936 the neighbouring town of Buglawton was incorporated. Since 1974 the administrative district of Congleton has covered much of south-east Cheshire.
Congleton was notorious in the 1620s when hunting bears was a popular sport. Congleton owned an old and extremely weak bear that was hardly likely to draw large crowds to bear hunting contests. Congleton, however, had no money for a new, more aggressive bear. It had, however, accumulated money to buy a new Bible. The town now decided to use the money collected in the Bible fund for a new bear, to be repaid later by revenue from the growing number of spectators. The story circulated through neighboring towns and was distorted, giving rise to the legend that Congleton had sold his Bible to afford a new bear.
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They sold the Bible to buy a bear.
Since the beginning of this legend, Congleton has been nicknamed Beartown.
One of the most important landmarks in Congleton are considered to be the protruding rocks known as The Clouds, known as The Clouds, which can be seen across the Cheshire plain. The Cloud Project in Congleton is a daily photographic record of the Clouds for over a year and of the Cloudsides, the River Dane in Shaw, the Macclesfield Canal and the surrounding countryside.
The Clouds also form the atmospheric backdrop to the supernatural novella A Hainted Man by Stuart Neild, in which the novella’s hero, ghost hunter Boag-Munroe, becomes embroiled in a battle that leads to his death.
Congleton’s main industries manufacture airbags and golf balls. There are light engineering factories near the town and sand mining on the Cheshire Plain, although for many commuters to Manchester it is only a bedroom community. There are also several local weeklies: the subscription-only Chronicle and the free papers Congleton Advertiser and Congleton Guardian. Local radio stations come from nearby Macclesfield-based Silke FM and Stoke-on-Trent-based Signal Radio.
- John Whitehurst (1713-1788), watchmaker and scientist
- Alan Garner (* 1934), writer
- Emma Bossons, ceramic artist
- Laura Newton, Cricketer
- David Boothroyd, political researcher, author and councillor
- Ann Winterton, politician
- Mark Edwardson, television presenter, BBC North West
- Louise Bours (* 1968), politician and actress
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- Congleton Tug of War Club – National & World Tug of War Champions
- The Congleton website – Congleton in the past and in the present
- Congleton Museum – Municipal History Museum
- Pubs in Congleton – list and pictures of all pubs in Congleton
- The Cloud Project – Congleton and Countryside Chesire
- Mossley Cricket Club – Local cricket club in Congleton
- The Bridestones Megalithic Site at the Hamlet of Timbersbrook
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