Cotton Edmunds

Cotton Edmunds owes its name to Edmund de Cotton, whose ancestors first acquired the manor in the turmoil following Magna Carta. The hamlet is correctly referred to as "Cotton, Edmunds" - which not only makes it one of the few places with a comma in the name, but also makes it sound more like a school register than a village!

After passing through the hands of several powerful dynasties, such as the Venables, Vernons and Brocks, it became part of the Grosvenor estates under the Marquess of Westminster and has remained so for well over a century. Unchanging ownership has created a settled air about the place - a sense of England as it always was, but so rarely is these days.

Surprisingly, the main Chester to London road used to run through Cotton Edmunds! - for many years it passed down Platts Lane and over the three low packhorse bridges that cross the Gowy River. When the main road was turnpiked, it reverted to the original Roman route.

We have made a lovely walk down to the river meadows over these bridges for you to enjoy. It's hard to imagine that what is now quiet countryside was once a busy trading route.

Cheshire and cheese are virtually synonymous - while the region's geography does lend itself naturally to dairying, it was the far-sighted landowners of the 17th century who really created this tradition. They realised how much was to be gained by specialising in dairying, and moved away from traditional mixed farming. Instead, they concentrated on producing dairy products that could be sold across the country. By so doing, they brought wealth and renown to Cheshire.

Cotton Farm was just one small part of that movement, but nonetheless the dairy would have produced tons and tons of lovely Cheshire cheese. You can still see the cheese lift in one of the bedrooms - it was such a lovely piece of equipment that we left it in place, as witness to the past life of Cotton Farm.