The village of Audlem straddles the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal in the south of Cheshire, England. It is bounded by the River Weaver to the north west and the villages of Hankelow, Buerton and Coxbank to the north, east and south respectively.
The village square is dominated by the red sandstone church of St James the Great. The Domesday Book's (1086) entry for Audlem (“Aldelime”) refers only to fields, woodland, agriculture and hunting. However, by the late 13th century the church had been founded and Audlem's market charter was granted by Edward I in 1296. In the 21st century Audlem is famous for its association with the Shropshire Union Canal and indeed there is a run of 15 locks close to the village that take the water level down from the Shropshire heights to the Cheshire Plain, some 93 feet (30 metres). With its canal-side pubs and attractive towpath the village is an ideal centre for walking the Cheshire countryside.
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