Macclesfield
Macclesfield
Macclesfield is a large town with a history as a centre of the silk industry. At one time Macclesfield was the largest producer of silk in the world, a heritage which can be explored at the Macclesfield Silk Museum on Prestbury Road. The medieval Earls of Cheshire had a manor on the edge of the current town, and hunted in Macclesfield wood. There are several historic houses nearby, including the Victorian mansion of Arley Hall, and the 15th century manor house of Gawsworth Hall.
The parish church of St Michael is well worth a visit. It is largely 13th century, and contains the chapels of the Legh and Savage families. In the Legh chapel you will find a memorial brass known as a 'Pardon Brass', dedicated to Roger Legh, who died in 1506.