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Impact Of The Normans At Middlewich

In this Chapter, contributed by Dr Thacker, a leading Domesday historian and Editor of the Victoria County History of England, the impart of the Norman Conquest on the Middlewich area is assessed. It is clear that Late Anglo-Saxon Middlewich had been a place of some importance, which may already have formed a kind of proto-urban government: with a wichmote [town court] dealing with all business relating to the salt industry. As at Chester, there may well have been royal and comital reeves, whose duty it had been to take care of the interests of both king and earl. How, then, did the Norman Conquest affect Middlewich?