Cheshire is a county located in the northwest of England. Historically, it was a part of the Kingdom of Mercia during the Anglo-Saxon period and later became a county palatine under the rule of the Earls of Chester.

Cheshire | 400-600 AD

Prior to the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD, the area that would later become Cheshire was inhabited by Celtic tribes. The Cornovii were one of the dominant Celtic tribes in this region, and they likely had settlements and hillforts in the area. The Romans occupied Cheshire as part of their conquest of Britain. They established the fortress of Deva Victrix (modern-day Chester) around 70 AD, which became an important Roman stronghold in the region. The presence of the Romans would have influenced the local culture, trade, and infrastructure.

After the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the early fifth century AD, the area saw a period of instability and change. The Roman administration and infrastructure collapsed, and various groups, including the Celtic Britons and possibly some Anglo-Saxon settlers, vied for control of the region. The Anglo-Saxon migration to Britain began in the fifth century and continued in subsequent centuries. There is some evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement in parts of Cheshire during this period, but the extent of their influence is not entirely clear.

Wishing Well

There stands a cliff of sheer sandstone on the Cheshire plains with a natural spring which has formed itself into a well that many say is a wishing well.

Cave Legend

It is said that Merlin once lived here and spoke with a farmer who he convinced to give him a horse for a purse of gold pieces. Legend has it that Merlin opened some magical gates on the side of the rock to the sound of thunder, telling the farmer that here sleeps Arthur with his knights and their horses, of which they were one short, so that they might return again when England needed them. The farmer took the gold and ran from the gates terrified. The gates have never been seen since.

See also
Cave Legend | The Legend of King Arthur