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Middlewich Before The Normans

We return now to Cheshire where, as at Venables, a good understanding of what the Normans actually encountered at Middlewich in the late 11th century depends on an appreciation of what had gone before. It is not necessary, however, for earlier events to be described in great detail. This chapter starts therefore with a general review of what had happened in Cheshire after the end of the Roman Period, outlines events associated with the ‘Coming of the English’, goes on to describe how the town of Middlewich began to emerge, shows how Pre-Norman society worked, and concludes with a description of English landowners based on interpretation of the Domesday Survey. This chapter is designed to set the scene for the arrival of Gilbert de Venables in Cheshire in the winter of 1069-70.