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A glimpse at life in medieval Congleton



This year Congleton is celebrating 750 years since gaining its first charte and rights for people in the town. 

To mark the occasion, Congleton Town Council is offering a unique opportunity to see a medieval living history exhibition within the town hall which depicts what local life would have been like in 1272.

Members of the public are invited to view the exhibition – entitled ‘Behind Closed Doors’ – free of charge on Saturday 9th July, 10am-2pm.

Town mayor, Cllr Margaret Gartside said: “I would urge everyone, young and old, to attend this immersive exhibition to discover the history of Congleton in an entertaining and captivating way. 

“There really will be something for everyone – from thatched roofs and wattle to sending people to the stocks!

“Visitors are sure to be wowed by the amazing diorama of an imagined Congleton in medieval times.”

Created by local historian Jenny Unsworth, the diorama is a three-dimensional miniature representation of Congleton in 1272.

It features more than 30 handmade buildings and houses, all full of busy tradespeople.



Meanwhile, local school children will also be given a taste of medieval Congleton.

School groups will be joining in with interactive workshops throughout the week with costumed characters talking about crime, punishment and work.

And anyone who wants to learn more about the importance of the charter and life in Congleton in 1272 is invited to attend a talk by Dr David Roffe and Jenny Unsworth.

This will take place in the town hall on Friday 8th July (7-8.30pm) and tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children (16 years and under).

The entry fee includes a drink on arrival, and tickets are available from Congleton Information Centre in the town hall. 

For more information, contact Congleton Town Council on 01260 270 350 or online at



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