by James Pigot (1818)
Congleton is a small corporate town in Cheshire, situated near the upper part of the river Dane, on the borders of Staffordshire and is governed by a mayor and six aldermen. It possesses one church, which is subject to the mother church of Astbury, a village two miles distant. The town was formerly celebrated for the manufacture of tagged leather laces, called Congleton points but the chief employment of the poor is now derived from silk works, erected on the river and by the introduction of the cotton manufacture, which is now carried on to a considerable extent in the town and neighbourhood. Congleton is 163 miles N. W. from London. It has a market on Saturdays. The fairs are held on Thursday before Shrovetide, May 12, July 13 and November 22, for cattle, &c.
The population is upwards of 4.000.