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A handsome market town at the southern most tip of the county. It ‘s centre now is the late 17th century market square that rose around the chapel of the Hospital of St John & St James (now St Johns Church) which had been founded c.1150. The town was granted a charter in 1260 but the buildings of that period and later perished in the fire of 1649. Thereafter, under the patronage of the Egerton family (Earls of Ellesmere and Dukes of Bridgwater) it began to flourish once more. The handsome Town Hall in the centre of the square was commissioned by them in 1704 - 7. This is the finest early 18th century civic building in the county. There are a number of other buildings of note here including 18th century town houses and the very unusual, in this part of ...

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