Wilmslow: A driving force in Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 00:16 03 March 2011 | UPDATED: 18:58 20 February 2013
Wilmslow has become a sort of epicentre of Cheshire-ness. It has a reputation for fast cars down the high street and racy women in its cocktail bars.
Wilmslow has become a sort of epicentre of Cheshire-ness. It has a reputation for fast cars down the high street and racy women in its cocktail bars. It tantalises outsiders with its elegant affluence, however, the fact remains. Wilmslow is a brilliant place to live. It's got all the local amenities, some fabulous shopping, great restaurants and gorgeous housing all minutes away from glorious countryside. And anyone who doesn't enjoy Wilmslow's attractions is probably just envious of those who have made it their home.
Wilmslow has a certain amount of notoriety and has attracted the attentions of personalities like Jeremy Clarkson, who annoyed the local population with his disparaging generalisations long before he got up the noses of the Mexicans. The nightlife here is legendary with brilliant restaurants, exclusive watering holes, live music and more.
Water Lane and Grove Street are the main areas for superb shopping. Wilmslow is pretty much a girlie magnet with its boutiques, beauty shops and smart department store; however car dealerships and manly outlets are there to please the boys too.
Wilmslow's Iron Age past was unearthed with the discovery of Lindow Man, or Lindow Pete as the press dubbed him, as he'd lain in a peat bog undiscovered for 2000 years, unlocking the secrets of iron age man for a 20th century generation. It was hoped he'd remain an attraction in the area but he's so important that he was transferred to the British Museum in London.
The brilliant mathematician and WWII Enigma code breaker Alan Turing committed suicide at his Wilmslow home in June 1954 at the age of 42. Tragically he had been criminalised for his homosexuality. On September 10th 2009, the then PM, Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way Turing was treated after the war.
While youre here: Check out the Scarecrow festival in July. The first one was held last year with 85 local businesses taking part and 93 different scarecrows creating quite a buzz around town. Organised by the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean and the members of the Wilmslow Business Group, the week-long festival transformed the town centre and received a tremendous response.
Grand designs: There are three Church of England churches in Wilmslow, St. Bartholomews, St Annes and St Johns. St Bartholomews is a 16th century building, which was modified in the 19th century. It has a turreted bell tower.
Noted for: Selling more Aston Martins than anywhere else in the country