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Clayhole Croft Enhancement

This is a small plot of land located adjacent to the Sports Club (almost opposite Dimelow Court) which is desperately in need of some care and attention. However, a project to improve the site is now underway.

In the past local volunteers have attempted to attend to the upkeep of the site, but this has not been a regular commitment and so we have ended up with this rather untidy and overgrown patch of land.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust has agreed to support the improvement work and commence operations at 10:00a.m on 31st October.
However, more volunteers will be needed to assist with the general clearing and improving of the area and with the ongoing maintenance.

If you are interested in becoming a 'Friend of Clayhole Croft' or would like further information about the project please contact:

Sue Norwood — 01948 861101 or Cllr Chris Whitehurst — 01949 860333

There is some interesting history attached to this triangular piece of land.
Records indicate that the land started life as a clay hole and opposite used to stand a pair of timber-framed cottages, known as 'Clayhole Cottages', which it is thought were demolished in the late 1940s or early 1950s, having latterly been the home of the Lawrence family.

The Clayhole was what is now the semicircular piece of common land situated beside the Wrexham Road. One of the uses of the clay would have been to make the 'daub' for the wattle and daub (known as 'clay windings' in Cheshire used to fill the wall panels of timber-framed buildings (such as the former Clayholes Cottages).

After clay extraction had ceased, the clayhole filled with water and was probably used as a watering pit for horses and cattle using the Wrexham Road. It is shown as a water filled pit on the Tithe Map of 1841. Later it was filled in, to become the feature that is still visible today.

Because it had been a public clayhole, then a watering pit, the piece of land became regarded as common land and was registered as such by the Parish Council in 1970.

With so much housing development happening in our lovely village it is important to retain these small areas of green space for the enjoyment of the local community and as a wildlife haven.

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