Local area guide Area Guide

Congleton is a beautiful market town which once earned itself the nickname of 'Beartown'. The story goes that in the 1620s bear baiting had become a popular sport.  The town found itself unable to attract large crowds to its bear baiting contests because its bear was old, and a little feeble.  The town which lacked the money to pay for a new, more aggressive bear, decided to use the money it had been saving for a new bible in the church. The younger bear brought crowds of spectators to the town and the influx of money was used to buy the bible the town had been saving for. Unfortunately when rumours of this reached the neighbouring towns, the story got a little corrupted and Congleton became the town that sold a bible to buy a bear.

The town lies on the bank of the River Dane, to the West of Macclesfield and has a population in the region of 26,000 people.  It is highly regarded as an excellent commuter town with nearby access of the North West Motorway Network and a railway station that provides direct access to Manchester and Stoke-On-Trent.

Congleton and the surrounding areas of Biddulph, Mow Cop and Scholar Green are situated on the Cheshire Staffordshire border and offer more rural environments than nearby urban locations.  Coupled with its excellent commuter links, demand in the local market has remained very positive and as such property prices remain strong.  In general, they rarely increase beyond the national average and there is a good mix of property available from large family homes costing more than £1,000,000 to the more modestly priced properties below the £100,000 mark for first time buyers.

Congleton and Biddulph are highly desirable family areas with some excellent residential developments which are captured by some excellent schools.  People who move to the Congleton area aim to take advantage of the excellent value for money that its housing offers, where their children can benefit from a strong education, yet the excellent commuter routes provide convenient access to a wide selection of employment in South Manchester and The Potteries.  Congleton is a friendly market town which allows people to escape the rat race at the weekends.

Congleton has also been home to several notable people.  Daniel Sturridge is an England international who plays for Liverpool FC and who grew up in the town.  Olyimpic medalists Ann Packer and Robbie Brightwell who were successful in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics still reside in Congleton.

The Manager of Reeds Rains Congleton, Tim Nixon, says that this is “a truly great place to live.  Congleton is a very friendly with a strong community feel and offers plenty to keep you occupied. It features some of the most beautiful countryside on your door step whilst its commuter routes provide for those in search of a cosmopolitan lifestyle.  It’s an excellent family area and one of the reasons we have chosen to bring our two small children up locally.”

Congleton is a popular residential area and offers a wide variety of property to buy or rent.   It has seen a large amount of new property in recent years but still offers a good number of period properties, many of which can be found in what is considered the wealthier part of Congleton called Mossley.  Family homes are particularly popular.  Henshall Hall in Mossley and Ennerdale Drive are particularly enviable, with the later situated on the fringe of Astbury Mere Country Park.  Outside of Congleton there is the lovely Moorland town of Biddulph that lies in a valley between the countryside.  Farms and property with land is often available in the surrounding Hamlets of Mow Cop and Biddulph Moor.

As the largest Estate Agent in the area Reeds Rains offer a fantastic range of property for sale in the Congleton and surrounding areas. We continue to have very strong demand for bungalows and good family homes. Three bedroom semi-detached homes and four bedroom detached homes are selling readily. The surrounding Hamlets of Biddulph Moor and Mow Cop can offer rural lifestyles, opportunities for those with equestiran interests and some beautiful country cottages.

Among the most sought after addresses in Congleton are Black Firs Lane and Chelford Road, whilst Biddulph offers some lovely locations in the area surrounding Biddulph Grange Country Park. There are also many beautiful homes located in the more rural hamlets that surround Congleton.

The price of property to rent in the Congleton and Biddulph area starts at about £375 per calendar month for a one bedroom apartments.  Two bedroom apartments typically cost from £450 per month, rising to £650 per month for a luxury apartment. Houses start at £400 for a two bedroom terrace and increase upward beyond £1200 per month depending on their size and specification.  Three bedrooms homes are typically in short supply and have the highest level of demand.

The Congleton area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops, smaller independent boutiques and larger outlets.  Congleton and Biddulph provide the area with a excellent choice of supermarkets. These include Tesco, Aldi, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer's Simply Food and Sainsburys. There are also a good number of farms shops locally which offer good quality local produce.

Congleton Museum was established in 2002 and is located in the town centre.  The independently run Daneside Theatre is located on Park Road whilst Clonter Opera Theatre can be found in nearby Swettenham.  Bosley Cloud is a magnificent piece of the local landscape and provides for a challenging walk, whilst there are atmospheric ruins at Mow Cop Castle.  Little Moreton Hall was featuring in the filming of television series Moll Flanders.

Congleton Park is located along the banks of the River Dane and Asbury Mere Country Park is located toward the West Heath area of Congleton.  An additional and equally attractive Country Park is located adjacent to Biddulph Grange. Biddulph Valley Way also offers cross country cycling between Congleton to Biddulph.