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Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Information

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The "loyal and ancient" Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme - a Borough with not only a proud 800-year history but also a modern and exciting future.

Although there is still a debate over the precise origins of Newcastle, the first formal recognition of the Borough undoubtedly came after the granting of an 1173 Charter by Henry II, with the town's name springing from the building of the castle and the early Lyme Forest.
The town began to expand around the gates of the medieval castle and the development of the unusually wide Ironmarket and High Street helped Newcastle's market to flourish.

Traditional outdoor markets are still held on "The Stones" six days a week and the town centre is renowned locally and nationally for its floral displays.

Newcastle Market

The Borough itself involves a mix of attractive rural villages, together with the two main towns of Newcastle and Kidsgrove. Villages in the large rural area, some of which date back to Anglo-Saxon times, include:

Ashley, Audley, Betley, Keele, Loggerheads, Madeley, Maer, Mow Cop, and Whitmore.

The Borough's position in the centre of the country has ensured that transport has played a major part in its growth over the centuries and its proximity to today's motorway network makes it an ideal base for touring North Staffordshire and the surrounding counties.