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Cheshire place-names

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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.


County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Cheshire as follows:

West to east, Cheshire reaches from the windswept Wirral peninsula up into the Peak District. The north encompasses industrial towns and the suburbs from Manchester and Liverpool, fading into the agricultural south of the county. Cheshire has been called "the Surrey of the North". The City of Chester retains many mediæval features, including the only surviving complete town wall walk. Inland Cheshire forms a vast plain separating the mountains of Wales from the Peak District of Derbyshire. In the Cheshire plain are fine oak woodlands and countless small lakes or meres. At the county's western extremity is the Wirral, a flat peninsula some 12 miles long by 7 miles wide separating the Dee and the Mersey. The Wirral is now largely urbanized. At its easternmost extremity the parish of Tintwistle runs up into the Peaks; a narrow strip between Derbyshire and Lancashire. Cheshire excels in dairy farming, resulting in Cheshire cheese. Much of central Cheshire is a salt-mining area, as it has been since Saxon times, chiefly around Nantwich, Northwich and Middlewich. There are also coal and iron mines.

Main Towns: Altrincham, Birkenhead, Chester, Crewe, Halton, Hoylake, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Sale, Stalybridge, Stockport, Wilmslow.
Main Rivers: Dee, Mersey, Weaver, Dane.
Highlights: Alderley Edge; Chester; Little Moreton Hall; Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Highest Point: Black Hill, 581.56 m.
Area: 2659.92 km.[1]


19th Century

17 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 19th century.

20th Century

6 Robin Hood-related place-names first documented in the 20th century.

21st Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 21st century.

Local traditions

1 Locality with local traditions relating to Robin Hood.


2 Miscellaneous place-names and localities.

All localities

27 Place-names and localities.

Place-name clusters

6 Clusters of Robin Hood place-names, localities with local traditions, literary locales etc.

Lists and gazetteers



  1. The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. I have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.