NORMANS AT MIDDLEWICH and VENABLES
The Age of the Normans, the years in which the Middlewich we know today re-emerged as a place of some size and importance. We have thus been delving into, understanding and celebrating these things in so many ways: with Norman festivals and exhibitions, with the creation of the Norman Middlewich tapestry, with the training of stalwart members of the community as specialist guides, and with the active participation of the local schools. In so doing, we have discovered much to interest, to involve young and old and not-so-old, to develop knowledge of an important ingredient to the town’s heritage, and to forge new friendships.
Middlewich Town Council’s active involvement in the local heritage began with the discovery of our Roman Fort at Harbutt’s Field in 1993. Out of this single event emerged the Middlewich Heritage Project, which has done so much to put the town ‘on the map’. Work on the Romans continues but, from the outset, we always assumed that we would include key aspects of our Post-Roman heritage. This has taken us to the Norman Period: the subject of this book. The original plan was for Patrick Lequette and Tim Strickland jointly to produce a lavishly illustrated book -in French and English- about Middlewich and Venables: along similar lines to our book on the Romans, which we published in 2001. In the event, however, we were not able to secure the necessary grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund on this occasion, and have had to ‘lower our sights’ to a shorter, less lavish, and simpler book, and one that could only be in an English edition. Nonetheless, despite a simplification in the design and layout you not will notice any reduction in the quality of content. The book can be ordered from us via the bookshop in this website.
The legacy of the Venables in Middlewich can be explored further by visiting the Venables Project.