Nantwich Museum’s major summer exhibition ‘Welsh Row Through The Ages’ was officially opened by mayor of Cheshire East Cllr Lesley Smetham this week, and runs until Saturday 13th 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.
The town of 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 along the road.
The name stems from when the Welsh visited the area to obtain salt. Some settled there, making their mark on the town and ultimately leading to the naming of the row.
Prosperity soon brought people and entertainment to the district.
Today, the exhibition explores the development of the row and its relationship to the rest of the town.
It features maps as well as timelines and pictures to explain the growth of Welsh Row through the centuries, identifying some of the characters who lived and studied there through iconic “blue plaque” style presentations.
Nantwich 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 new exhibition is accompanied by a talk and organised tours, and visitors can purchase guides from the museum shop.
For further information, see www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk.