The Northwich and Winsford area is located in the north east of the borough of Cheshire West and Chester.
Northwich is an attractive market town built on a rich salt heritage. It lies in the heart of the Cheshire Plain, at the confluence of the rivers Weaver and Dane. Rich in heritage with distinctive black and white buildings, Northwich has plenty of shops, traditional markets and a programme of special markets including a local food fair and Christmas market.
The area’s rivers and canals provide an endless source of relaxation both on and off the water. The crowning glory of the local waterways is the world’s first and UK's only working boat lift at Anderton, known as the Cathedral of Canals.
With charming villages that pepper the landscape, an abundance of parks and countryside spaces, fascinating heritage and excellent facilities such as schools, colleges and shopping, Northwich is a place to love living in.
Winsford is a modern industrial town with a rich heritage based on the salt industry. In 1721 Parliament gave permission for locks and other improvements on the River Weaver to allow sea-going vessels to reach Winsford Bridge. Specially designed boats, called Weaver flat boats, carried coal to the salt works and transported salt to Liverpool for export. Although the waterways through the town are no longer used for transporting salt Winsford is home to the UK’s only working salt mine which is owned by Salt Union.
Over the last 30 years Winsford has changed dramatically in character. A once declining Victorian working town has become a modern and pleasant residential and industrial area. Cheshire Police and Fire Service have located their HQ in the town and a newly built Lifestyle Centre brings a large, multi-purpose venue with both leisure and theatre facilities open seven days a week. Attractive landscaping work has taken place along the River Weaver transforming the waterway from an industrial backwater to a place of recreation and enjoyment, with excellent fishing and boating.