Marbury v. Madison

(1803) First decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional, thus establishing the doctrine of judicial review. In 1801 newly elected Pres. Thomas Jefferson ordered Secretary of State James Madison to withhold from William Marbury the commission of his appointment by former Pres. John Adams as justice of the peace in the District of Columbia. Marbury then requested that the Supreme Court compel Madison to deliver his commission. In denying his request, the court held that it lacked jurisdiction because the section of the Judiciary Act passed by Congress in 1789 that authorized the Court to issue such a writ was unconstitutional and thus invalid. Chief Justice John Marshall, writing for the Court, declared that the Constitution must always take precedence in any conflict between it and a law passed by Congress.

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Marbury is a small village located in the civil parish of Marbury cum Quoisley, part of the borough of Crewe and Nantwich, Cheshire in England.

It is 3 miles from Wrenbury (near Nantwich) in Cheshire and 3.5 miles from Whitchurch in Shropshire. According to the 2001 census, the entire civil parish of Marbury cum Quoisley had a population of 244.

The parish church of St Michael & All Angels contains the oldest pulpit in Cheshire, built in 1456. The current vicar is Stephen Walton.

Marbury Merry Days

Every year, a two-day traditional country fair, 'Marbury Merry Days', takes place in a field adjacent to the parish church and Marbury Big Mere. In the most successful years, over a thousand people will have attended the event. It normally takes place on the second weekend of May. Proceeds from the country fair are donated to maintaining the church. The 2008 event is on 10–11 May.

The Meres

The lakes of Marbury, 'Little Mere' and 'Big Mere' were formed by receding ice subsequent to the last Ice Age. The village is arguably most famous for its Big Mere, located close to St. Michael's Church. Little Mere is overlooked by the farmhouse pub, The Swan, and the large oak tree which is rooted in the heart of the village green.


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St Michael’s & All Angels Church

Marbury Big Mere

The Swan Inn

Marbury Merry Days 2006

Marbury Merry Days 2007

Marbury Merry Days 2008

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