“Welsh Row Through The Ages”, Nantwich Museum’s major summer exhibition, has been opened by Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr. Lesley Smetham and runs until Saturday 13 October. The Mayor was accompanied by her consort and the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr. David Marren. Local musician, Andrew Bassey introduced the event with a selection of Welsh-themed music and a Victorian song. The exhibition is designed to illustrate continuity and change on the row throughout its long and varied history.
Nantwich developed as an important crossing point of the River Weaver. Initially the river was crossed by a ford, which was supplemented in medieval times by a bridge.
Once known as Frog Row, Welsh Row was a vital thoroughfare and the passage of people and goods saw commerce and industry flourish. The name stems from the time the Welsh visited the area to obtain salt. Some settled in the row, making their mark on the town and leading to the naming of the row. Prosperity soon brought people and entertainment to the district. The exhibition explores the development of the row and its relationship to the rest of the town. It features maps, timelines and pictures to explain the growth of the row through the centuries identifying some of the characters who lived and studied there through iconic “blue plaque” style presentations.
The Museum’s Research Group made use of archaeology, letters and modern reminiscences to design the exhibition and bring the history of Welsh Row to life. Research booklets detailing some of the topics are available from the Museum shop. The exhibition is accompanied by a talk and organised tours, whilst visitors can purchase guides from the shop for their own excursions.
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