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From: Family History Society of Cheshire <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Witton Cum Twambrooks,Location Help Request
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 17:51:49 +0100
The message <000e01bfdacf$03242890$>
from "Martin Moore" <> contains these words:
> Twambrook was a brook which stills runs under the centre of Northwich,
> although not seen today. I can remember working in a former large Northwich
> Departmental store in Witton Street and the ancient "Twambrook" ran straight
> through the basement cellar. I believe that the Twambrook also used to
> appear somewhere near Littler's Old Timber yard on Ship Hill.
Actually 'Twambrook' means simply 'between the brooks', and it
related to an area called Dunkirk which was bounded by Wade Brook,
Wincham Brook and Manchester Road. It was once part of Wincham
township, but was merged with the manor of Witton many centuries ago,
to form 'Witton cum Twambrook'.
The waterway which runs under Witton Street near Ship Hill is
actually 'Witton Cut', which was a canal constructed in the 1700s to
convey fresh water from the River Dane to the Northwich Cotton Works
(roughly where Littler's Timber Yard is now). It was mostly filled in
around a century ago, but parts of it may still be culverted.
Hope this helps,
The Family History Society of Cheshire
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