Sandbach is probably best known as the original home of both Foden and ERF lorries, both companies founded by members of the Foden family. Neither company now exists in Sandbach, having been taken over and production moved elsewhere. As of 9 September 2007 there is no trace of Fodens within Sandbach, with the former mansion home of the Foden family at Westfields, being demolished to make way for a new council building. However, Foden's Brass Band, originally created for employees and now renamed Foden's Richardson Brass Band, is still based in Sandbach.
Traces of Settlement are found in Sandbach from Saxon times the town was then called Sanbec, during this time little is known about the town apart from the fact that there were Welsh and Danish raids frequently. The town's inhabitants were converted to Christianity in the 7th Century by four Priests: Cedda, Adda, Betti and Diuma. The town has an entry in the Domesday Book from 1086 at that time the town was of a sufficient size to call for a priest and a church. The reading states:
Sanbec: Bigot de Loges. 1 hide and 1½ virgates pay tax. Land for 2 ploughs. 1 Frenchman has ½ plough, 3 slaves. 2 villagers have ½ plough. Church. Woodland. Value TRE 4s; now 8s.
Sandbach has been a market town since the 1579 when it was granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I due to the petitioning of Sir John Radclyffe of Ordsall who as the largest landowner in Sandbach and the owner of the Old Hall encouraged the farmers of the area to go and hold a market in the town on Thursdays. The Charter also allowed for right to establish a Court-leet and a Court of Pied-powder. The actual Charter is still preserved and can be found in Chester a reproduction can be found in the Sandbach Town Council meeting offices, which are at the Literary Institution . The charter also granted the town the right to hold two annual fairs, which lasted for two days, and were held around Easter and early September. Today the Thursday market is still held outdoors on Scotch Common, and in and around the town hall. Nearby are some wetlands called Sandbach Flashes.
The dispute was very hot for two or three houres, and there were some townsmen hurt and two or three slaine, the Townesman slew about nine or ten and tooke 100 prisoners.
Sandbach is part of Cheshire and as such has some services administered by Cheshire County Council. Most of the other services are provided by Congleton Borough Council, whose headquarters are at Westfields in Sandbach. For the Purposes of the local town elections Sandbach is divided into 3 wards North, East, and West ward, and town councillors are elected for terms of four years. For the purposes of borough and the new Cheshire East Unitary Authority elections there are two wards.
Sandbach has an active town council and active youth council. The town council has jurisdiction over the whole parish of Sandbach not just the town, all meetings are held in the Literary Institution in Sandbach and the press and public are welcome to attend, except in the rare event of something sensitive being talked about. Sandbach Town Council is striving for Quality town status, and has created a vision document to give direction to the council. The council also applied for Fairtrade Town status, which was granted on the 17 July 2008.
The town was previously governed by Sandbach Urban District Council (SUDC), this was then merged with other urban and rural councils form Congleton Borough Council in 1974. Sandbach Urban District Council was created in 1894 and dissolved in 1974.
In 1956 Sandbach Urban District Council secured a grant of Armorial Bearings. The Blazon is
Azure, on a Fesse Argent between in chief two garbs and in base a representation of the Saxon Crosses of Sandbach Or, a Fesse Gules.And for the Crest on a Wreath Or and Azure in front of a Garb Or banded with Silk Ribbons Alternately Azure and Gules a demi-Wheel of the last.
The use of the crosses confirmed them as a symbol of Sandbach.
By an Order in Council signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on the 13th of October 1980, the Armorial bearings of the SUDC were "Transferred unto and do now as of right pertain and belong to the Town Council of Sandbach." A Certificate of confirmation of that Order was issued by the College of Arms in May 1981.
Sandbach is also home to many listed buildings, the buildings include Sandbach School, St Mary's Church, Sandbach and the Old Hall Hotel, Sandbach. Many of the local Public houses, that were formally stage coach stops are listed, for example the Lower Chequer. Many of the buildings of the town were designed by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, he designed Sandbach Literary Institution, Sandbach School, St John's Sandbach Heath and the Almshouses. He also restored St Mary's Church.
Local bus services are provided by Arriva and D&G Bus and Coach.
is to realise the Vision of local people set out in the current Sandbach Action Plan, by creating a vibrant and inclusive market town providing convenient access to retail and professional services, training and jobs, leisure and cultural opportunities. We will achieve this by working to create a ‘can do’ atmosphere to ensure the successful and smooth implementation of projects.
Sandbach School was founded as a parish charity school for boys in 1677. Now it is a Independent comprehensive boys school, with charitable status, funded by Cheshire Local Education Authority but controlled by a board of governors. The school's motto is Ut Severis Seges meaning approximately "what you sow, so shall you reap" though literally meaning "You sow in order to reap". The school educates 985 pupils and the Sixth Form educates 185 pupils, and is still growing. The school has its own Combined Cadet Force (CCF). This is a cadet force in which all three British armed forces (Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force) are represented. On September 4, 2006 the School officially became a 'Specialist Arts College', this is partly the success of the school's theatre company (made up of its pupils and occasionally staff). This change has had an impact on the ethos of the school; with a more direct focus on Art, music, dance and Cross curricular arts.
Within Sandbach there is also a comprehensive Girls school Sandbach High. It was originally the Towns mixed Secondary Modern when Sandbach School served as the local Boys grammar school, but has been a single sex comprehensive since 1979.
Sandbach has Churches Together in Sandbach which helps Bring the various denominational churches together.
The Following Churches are in Sandbach Town
There are a few places to stay in Sandbach. The old, 18th century church rectory—now the Chimney House Hotel—offers a modern, easily accessible place to stay. The hotel is very popular with business travellers and is also well known to play frequent host to TV stars and comedians working in the area. Other hotels include the historic Old Hall Hotel, claimed to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK. The Most Haunted television show featured the hotel in series 5. The Old Hall Hotel is one of the last remaining examples of Tudor architecture typical of the buildings in the town. As of late 2007, the hotel was closed and undergoing refurbishment. A small selection of public houses in the town centre can offer bedrooms.
In Sandbach Water Services are Provided by United Utilities. In Sandbach there has been a new Primary Care Centre created called Ashfields Primary Care Centre. This was built on the Former ERF site and was a merger of Two doctors surgeries and one health care centre. It provides a wide range of services for Sandbach and surrounding areas; there is also a Co-operative Pharmacy on-site. The nearest local Hospital is Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Sandbach is in Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Sandbach is Served by the North West Ambulance Service. The Policing in Sandbach is conducted by Cheshire Constabulary. Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service is the fire service in Sandbach it runs the Fire station in the town.
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