The original idea had been to stay overnight in Cheshire, visit Little Morton Hall today (Friday 3rd Feb) and Rode Hall tomorrow. Except, the first venue doesn't open after the winter break until next week. So that will be another day.
We went to Sandbach instead.
In my year as District Governor for the Lions of District 105BS, back in 1993/94, we visited 66 places in our District without really getting the chance to see them. So we put some of that right today.
Sandbach today is a market town. At the time of the Domesday Book it was known as Sanbec. The market rights were granted in 1520 and the market is still important today. As are the town's pubs. Virtually every half timbered house is a pub, and they are all close together, so a pub crawl around Sandbach wouldn't wear out much shoe leather, but it wouldn't leave much time between pints either.
The market place in the centre of town is still cobbled. There are two Saxon crosses that are believed to be about 1300 years old. There are also two war memorials and more half timbered houses than you can shake a stick at.
Sandbach market place