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
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
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.
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.