A Wonderful Cheshire Market Town
Sandbach, pronounced Sandbatch, is a pleasant, historic market town located in South East Cheshire. It has marvellous communications being approximately half a mile form Junction 17 on the M6 motorway. It has its own railway station on the Crewe to Manchester mainline as well as being only ten minutes drive from Crewe mainline station. London, Euston can be less than two hours away. Manchester International airport is easily accessible by train or car. The Trent and Mersey canal passes through the Town bringing numerous tourists in the summer. The surrounding countryside is mainly attractive dairy farmland and hence it is no surprise that Sandbach has grown rapidly in recent years as a dormitory town for the adjacent conurbations of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Potteries.
The population of Sandbach at the 2001 Census was 17,630. The population is increasing with new developments.
Until recent times Sandbach was best known as the home of the world famous truck manufacturers Fodens and ERF. Unfortunately, due to a decline in their commercial fortunes both companies were sold and the new owners decided that production was best achieved elsewhere. However, the world-famous Foden Brass Band is still based in Sandbach and continues to thrive. In November 2003 under their new name of Foden Richardson they confirmed their leading status by winning the United States Open Championship in Chicago.