A history of the town and parish of Nantwich, or Wich-Malbank, in the county palatine of Chester


  • By Hall, James, of Nantwich
  • Publication date 1883
  • Publisher Nantwich : Printed for the author
  • Collection bplill; bostonpubliclibrary; americana
  • Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
  • Contributor Boston Public Library
  • Language English

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PREFACE.

ONE has well observed that "the past is in itself a treasure;  and the same feeling which leads us back to the recolleftion  of infancy carries us still further along the mighty waste of time." In these pages an attempt is made to trace the  history of Nantwich, an ancient market town in Cheshire, from the time of the taking of the Domesday Survey to the present year ; bridging over that interval of more than eight centuries with a series of local events in chronological  sequence, and linking the present with the past by re-peopling the town with inhabitants of by-gone days. This self-imposed task has entailed no small labour ; for, as Sterne has said, " when a man sits down to write a history, though it be but the history of Jack Hickathrift or Tom Thumb, he knows no more than his heels what lets and hindrances he is to meet with in his way, or what a dance he may be led by one excursion or another, before all is over He will, moreover, have various accounts to reconcile ; anecdotes to pick up ; inscriptions to make out ; stories to weave in ; traditions to sift ; personages to call upon ; panegyrics to paste up at this door ; pasquinades at that To sum up all ; there are archives at every stage to be looked into, and rolls, records, documents, and endless genealogies, which justice ever and anon calls him back to stay the reading of — in short, there is no end of it." ......