Sandbach (pronounced Sandbatch) gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon 'Sandbæce' meaning 'sandy valley-stream'.  The settlement, mentioned in the Domesday Book, has held a market since the 16th century.

In its cobbled market square stand two historic Saxon crosses. The origin of these crosses is not certain but it is thought they were created in the 9th century to mark the advent of Christianity in this kingdom of Mercia in 653 AD.

In 1651, during the English Civil War, a skimish took place at Sandbach, when nearly 1,000 Scottish troops on horseback retreating from the Battle of Worcester were attacked by local people.

The Church of St Mary, dating from 1661, was restored in 1847 - 1849 under the direction of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Opposite the church stands the Old Hall Hotel, a fine timber-framed building dating from the 17th century.

At the turn of the 20th century Sandbach became famous for the production of heavy goods vehicles. E.R.F and Foden were successful manufaturers but both have since located elsewhere. The Foden Richardson Brass Band, originally created for the employees of Foden, is world-famous.

Sandbach has excellent transport links, being close to Junction 17 on the M6, and having its own railway station on the Crewe to Manchester mainline. The Trent and Mersey Canal also passes through the town, bringing many visitors in the summer.

In recent years Sandbach, surrounded by pleasant dairy farmland, has developed as a dormitory town for nearby Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Stoke-on-Trent. The town is the administrative centre of the Borough of Congleton.

Tourist Attractions in and near Sandbach to Visit



Churchill Factory Shop 7.9 miles Explore the range of Churchill products in the shop.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Rode Hall 4.4 miles A 18th century red-brick house to see, complete with grounds.

Little Moreton Hall 4.8 miles Visit one of the best preserved timbered houses in the country.



Railway Age 4.7 miles A insight into Crewe's locomotive industrial past.


Out & About

Salt Line and Merelake Way 3.5 miles Traffic free walk with links to canal side walks.

The Gritstone Trail 6.3 miles Take a walk along part, or all, of this countryside trail.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Lyceum Theatre 4.4 miles The splendid auditorium is now restored to its former glory.

Towns Near Sandbach To Visit - straight line distance:

Alsager (4.13 miles) Crewe (4.64 miles) Middlewich (4.70 miles) Congleton (6.43 miles)
How to get to Sandbach
A534 north-east from Crewe, A533 north west from Kidsgrove. M6 Junction 17.
The Bears Head Vintage Inn, Brereton Green Sandbach CW11 1RS

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Brook House Lane Minshull Vernon near Middlewich Sandbach CW10 0LU
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