While demolishing the old narrow bridge over the Dane in the nineteenth century, an old canon ball was found. This was supposed to have been left by a division of Cromwell’s army as it marched across country in 1645 on its way to attack Biddulph Castle near Congleton.
Among the rubble was also found a silver shilling of Charles 1, struck in 1644. It bore a legend on the reverse referring to the declaration with which Charles determined to resist his unruly and rebellious Parliament:
REL(igio) PROT (ecta)
Leg (is) ANG (liae)
LIB (ertas) PAR (liamenti)