We passed through Minsull Lock with one of the prettiest cottage gardens we have seen. Arriving at Nantwich we cruised past the enormous Horse Sculpture made from oak and iron.
It is quite a long walk from the canal down Welsh Row and over the River Weaver into the town. I liked the Malthouse with it’s quaint windows which protruded out and were all supported by tiny wooden brackets.
A stroll around the town revealed a variety of black and white timber/red brick houses, pubs, cafes and shops. There are 250 little specialist shops in fact and a market too. The town suffered a great fire in 1583 after which many of the old buildings were re-built. As well as being a ‘salt’ town the area was known for cheese making, shoemaking and it’s clock makers.
The Black Lion Inn stands opposite the Widows Almshouses, now The Cheshire Cat, also in Welsh Row on the way into town. The well worn sandstone mounting block is on the right.
On the right of the High Street is The Crown Hotel and further up on the left is Queen’s Aide House. Rebuilt after the 1853 fire with help from Queen Elizabeth 1st.
Looking along the narrow cobbled Castle Street the side of The Bookshop shows the upper story overhang, or jetty. This is one of several locally made clocks to be found in the Museum in Pillory Street. I liked this particular one with its colourful painted dial surround.