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The oldest artefact found in the village is a chisel from the Bronze Age, 1000-700BC on 1st May 1998. Roman coins and jewellery have been more common, but as the Roman road from what we now know as Middlewich and Nantwich, forded the River Weaver here, this is not surprising.


In the Domesday Book of 1085, this Saxon hamlet, in a clearing in the forest of Marr and Mondrum, had the name ' Maneshale ', which means 'the shelving piece of land belonging to a man called Monn'.

By 1130 the name had changed to Munschulf, 'Church' being added in 1266 and the spelling changed to Church Munschull by 1289.
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The Minshull family took their name from the village and were Lords of the Manor, living at Minshull Hall until 1366. In that year, the heiress, Joan, married Edmund Dutton and the estate passed to the Duttons of Dutton Hall, north of Northwich. The Duttons also ended with an heiress, named Elenor, who married Richard Cholmondeley and whose descendants still reside in Cholmondeley Castle.
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The Cholmondeleys were then Lords of the Manor until 1790, when it was sold to Thomas Brook, younger brother of Baron Richard Brook of Norton Priory. A junior branch of the Minshulls lived in Minshull Vernon, but that too ended with an heiress, who married into the Cholmondeley Family.


19th Century employment was recorded in November 1824. There were many trades and crafts carried out in the village, namely, Blacksmith, Wheelwright, Joiners, Cordwainer, Gamekeeper, Bricklayer, Weaver, Tailor, Carrier, Victualler, Thatcher a Laundry Woman and many domestic servants. There was a Shop Keeper, Post Mistress, Butcher, 2 School Mistresses and one Schoolmaster, Farmers and Farm Workers, Paupers and Spinsters. When the railway works came to Crewe in 1843, men from Church Minshull walked to Crewe to work in the heavy engineering workshops.
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John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales article.

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Life on a Narrowboat

Church Minshull W.I. was started in August 1946 with 21 members.
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In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part...BBC Initiative Doomsday 1986
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The village enjoy celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. There are the Minshull Olympics, the lighting of thebeacon and a cream tea.

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