Crewe Heritage

If you talk about Crewe, the chances are someone will mention the railway.  Before it arrived in 1837, Monks Coppenhall was a small village with under 200 people.  Just over 30 years later, there were 40,000 people living and working in the area, now known as Crewe.  The railway companies provided a church, school, park and public baths as well as creating housing for railway workers. You can explore what life was like in Crewe in the past through our Heritage Resources.

Today, Crewe is still proud of its railway heritage alongside the other stories from its past.  We are working with the people of Crewe to tell these stories.  Together we will unearth tales of sporting world champions, decorative doorways, ice cream vans and how a crater on Mars came to be named after the town.

If you want to know more, download a copy of our A Heritage Strategy for Crewe.  You can also contact the Heritage Development Officer via

Crewe Works 180 Exhibition

2023 sees the 180th anniversary of the Grand Junction Railway Engineering Works moving from Edge Hill to Crewe. To mark this historic event, Crewe Town Council is in the midst of planning an exhibition at Crewe Heritage Centre which will run from 1st July to 10th September 2023 on weekends and Bank Holidays. Click here for more details:

Crewe Heritage Open Days events

Heritage Open Days is an annual event where you can explore Crewe’s heritage for FREE! The festival takes place in September each year.

Whether you want to know more about your family history, visit places not normally open to the public, or join a heritage group, we will have something for you.

Find out more:

Crewe Works 1931 Nantwich Rd 1 The Square
McLean Collection of Crewe & District Local History Association
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