Northwich is an attractive market town of approximately 18500 inhabitants stands in the very centre of the Cheshire Plain and at the junction of the Rivers Dane and Weaver. It has from times long past been a centre of the country’s salt industry and is one of the three Cheshire ‘wiches’ (the others being Nantwich and Middlewich) of salt-producing fame. Although having a long history, Northwich contains very few ancient buildings, as the constant pumping of brine from beneath the district and the collapse of old salt mines have caused much subsidence over the years. The introduction of controlled pumping in the 1930’s has arrested this problem.
Modern Northwich was an Urban District until the reorganisation of local government in April 1974. It now has its own Town Council, but is a part of the larger Cheshire West & Chester Council. Today the old market town has a busy and prosperous shopping centre, while within the town boundaries are numerous business and industrial estates, accommodating a wide variety of business and commerce.
The town is well served by river, rail and road communications. The Weaver is an important navigable waterway; the Chester to Manchester railway runs through Northwich and the mainline from London Euston to Liverpool and the North of England passes nearby. Roads and bus services link it with all parts of Cheshire and provide fast access to the M6 and M56 motorways.
The excellent shopping centre is almost entirely pedestrianised with extensive, easy access free car parking for more than 2,200 cars. The town boasts many modern housing estates, offering a wide range of housing styles to meet public needs, and is served by extensive commercial and local authority services to support the town.