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Holmes Chapel Town Information

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The northern boundary of Holmes Chapel is the River Dane which flows westwards in a valley of natural beauty. This is crossed by an impressive railway viaduct of 23 x 63 ft. brick spans taking the railway line up to one hundred and five feet above the floor of the valley. The viaduct, which is still in use on the main Manchester to Crewe line, was completed in 1842.

Nearby stand the futuristic radio telescope complex at Jodrell Bank whose giant reflector dish dominates the Cheshire Plain.
These two great structures were built for Manchester University in 1952-7 and 1962-4.

The larger, known as the Lovell Telescope, is now a Grade 1 Listed Building.

It weighs 3,500 tons and is 250 feet in diameter.

The smaller has a bowl 125 feet by 84 feet in diameter.

In the Jodrell Bank complex are the Concourse Building, Planetarium, Exhibition of Modern Astronomy, picnic gardens and Arboretum.

Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope
Photo: Cheshire CC & Judges Postcards

The Centre is open to the public from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm daily from Easter to October and from 12 noon-5.00 pm pm winter weekends.