Renovate the 108 Steps
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Macclesfield has so much heritage to be proud of, having been around for nigh on a thousand years (it was listed in the Domesday Book as Maclesfeld and valued at £8!) but, it seems to me, that not only do we not celebrate it, we neglect it, too. Take the 108 steps, for example. Have you been there, recently? I took my children there the other day to count the steps, like I had done as a child. And I was taken aback by how dark and grimy it was, with broken glass strewn about like it was a gutter and not a prime landmark of our town.
So, I have a proposition. Why don’t we renovate the steps? Remove the rubbish, pull up the weeds and decorate the dark foreboding wall with a mural of the history of our town. Like, for example, did you know there used to be a castle behind the wall at Wallgate that was visited by Richard II? Or that Princess Victoria once ate lunch with her mother at The Macclesfield Arms whilst en route from Eaton Hall to Chatsworth House? Or that John Wesley preached at Christ Church on at least 12 occasions? Or that a Maxonian is blamed for the introduction of grey squirrels to Britain (although, I’m not sure that’s one we should shout about)?!
From our medieval roots to our Victorian silk industry and from the acclaimed bands Joy Division and New Order to our golden post box, courtesy of Sir Charles Benedict Ainslie, we have an awful lot to be proud of. It’s about time we started believing it.
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