Crewe, one half of the Borough
or Crewe and Nantwich, played a major part in the
industrial revolution that so transformed the
The town was founded on the fortunes of the Grand Junction Railway Company, evolving in the mid-nineteenth century from a small hamlet into a thriving community. It became what is still reputed to be the largest railway junction in Britain with major lines converging from North, South, East and West. The railway also lead to the development of what was once the town's largest employer, the railway works where steam locomotives and rolling stock were made.
Your visit should include 'The Railway Age,' where
Crewe's railway heritage can be explored and steam
locomotives examined at close quarters.
The town's fame has been carried world-wide by another famous name in transport for it is the current home of the Bentley (owned by VW) motor car.
Crewe offers modern shopping arcades but an undoubted attraction is its excellent traditional outdoor and indoor market, held every Friday, Saturday and Monday to which shoppers travel from miles around.
Adjacent to the market is the Lyceum Theatre, a fine Edwardian building which has recently undergone major refurbishment with the auditorium being restored to its original splendour. Those who find fine buildings appealing will also appreciate the Municipal offices, Earle Street, built in 1902. Tours of the building can be arranged for groups.