About the Circuit Area

The Circuit is situated in east Cheshire and north Staffordshire, roughly 30 miles (45 km) south of Manchester and on the northern edge of Stoke on Trent.  See also the position of the Circuit on a map of England. There are five small towns in or near to the circuit area: Biddulph, Congleton, Kidsgrove, Middlewich and Sandbach, in addition to the city of Stoke on Trent to the south, Crewe to the west and Macclesfield to the north-east.  See also the descriptions of the comunities within the Circuit.

circuit's location on a map showing the local counties of England

The northern and western parts of the Circuit area contain much rich agricultural land, with livestock farming the chief agricultural activity, together with the quarrying of fine sand for the glass industry. The rich farm land here is due to a thick covering of glacial material left after the last ice age. These glaciers left the valuable glass-sand deposits too. Some salt extraction takes place near Middlewich, by pumping hot water into the salt 'measures'.

In this agricultural part of the circuit area is the old market town of Congleton, granted a charter for its market in 1272, plus Middlewich, on the map since Roman times and possibly earlier. Just a mile south of Congleton is the Staffordshire border where the landscape is more hilly and less fertile as a result of a geological fault. In this direction, Biddulph and much of the Stoke on Trent area has a tradition of heavy industry based on coal measures.

Attractions in and around the Circuit area include

Little Moreton Hall, regarded as the finest Tudor building in the country: owned by the National Trust;
Mow Cop Castle, also owned by the National Trust; 
The famous Staffordshire potteries such as Doulton and Wedgwood;
Ford Green Hall, a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse;
Marton Church, which claims to be the oldest timber-framed place of worship in Europe still in use; 
The massive Saxon crosses in Sandbach, dating from the 9th century; 
Jodrell Bank, the world's largest movable radio telescope.  

See also the following for further information about nearby attractions:  Cheshire and Staffordshire Moorlands