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England facts and history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Crewe is a town in south Cheshire, in the north west of England.
It is the major town in the Borough and Parliamentary Constituency of Crewe and Nantwich. According to the 2001 census the urban area had a population of 67,683.
It is twinned with Mācon in France and Bischofsheim, near Mainz, Germany.

Crewe is perhaps best known for its association with the railway industry, being a major junction and once home to a bustling railway works.
From 1946 to 2002 it was the home of Rolls-Royce motor car production.
From the end of 2002 Rolls-Royce production ceased at Crewe while the Pyms' Lane factory now produces Bentley motor cars exclusively.

Crewe did not come to prominence until the late 1830s, when the Grand Junction Railway (GJR) company chose it as the site for its locomotive works (known in the surrounding area simply as Crewe Works) and Crewe railway station.
The town of Winsford, situated seven miles north of Crewe, rejected an earlier original building plan.
Subsequently local landowners from neighbouring Nantwich
(located four miles away) prevented the second choice
plan to locate the building in their town.
When the GJR opened its station in fields near Crewe Hall in 1837, the population of Crewe (c. 1831), the nearest Cheshire village, was just 70.

A new town grew up, in the parishes of Monks Coppenhall and Church Coppenhall, alongside the increasingly busy station, with the population expanding to reach 40,000 by 1871.
GJR chief engineer Joseph Locke helped lay out the town.

The town has a large park, Queen's Park (laid out by engineer Francis Webb), which is a product of 1880s railway politics: the London and North Western Railway (successor to the GJR) bought the land and donated it to the town as a park in order to prevent the Great Western Railway from building a railway line through it.

Some quick facts
Population: 67,683 (2001 Census)
Post town: CREWE
Postal district: CW1
Dialling code: 01270

For a more information about Crew see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crew) January 2007
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This information was correct in January 2007. E. & O.E.

We, Hui Chin and I spent some time exploring Crew.

Had trouble tracking down accomodation.

Out of town contractors 'block book' hotels during the week, so we were told.

Had to 'trolley' around with our suitcases for kilometres, before we managed to find a grumpy old man with room for us.

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