A new short history of Malpas has been published by local historian David Hayns.
Malpas: Cheshire’s Town in the Marches looks at the story of the town’s evolution from a medieval borough and market town, originally dominated by its castle and the parish church of St Oswald, right up to its present rapid expansion as a result of the current wave of house building.
The booklet has more than 60 illustrations, most of them in colour, depicting many of the buildings which have survived from various phases of Malpas history.
It describes the early barony and the influence of wealthy families such as the Cholmondeleys and Drakes; the founding of the Grammar School, the Alport School and the two sets of almshouses; the town’s importance as a centre for dairy farming and cheese making; significant developments during the 18th and 19th centuries; and, of course, makes reference to Bishop Reginald Heber, born in 1783 and after whom the present high school is named.
The booklet has been written for enjoyment by local residents and by visitors.
With a detailed list of published and documentary sources used by the author, who has lived in the town for nearly 50 years, it also provides a useful starting point for anyone who would like to study the history of Malpas in greater detail.
It is on sale at £4 from N&J Owen (Malpas), BookShrop (Whitchurch) and Bellis Brothers (Holt), or for £5 (inclusive of postage) from David Hayns at Stoke Cottage, Church Street, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8PD. Call 01948 860486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.