Sandbach is situated in south-eastern Cheshire, to the north-east of Crewe.
With ancient roots, dating back to the Saxon era, Sandbach has also been a market town since Elizabethan times.
The centre of the town has an interesting cobbled square with a variety of half-timbered and characterful buildings - a couple of them pubs. Be sure in particular to see the very ancient Saxon crosses in the Market place - among the very earliest monuments to Christianity to be found in England, and dating from the 7th-9th century they are ornately carved with biblical stories.
Among the other notable buildings in Sandbach are the extensive 17th century 'Old Hall Hotel' in the High Street, a lovely half-timbered building; the school house of Sandbach School (Crewe Road); the Church of Saint Mary (mostly 19th century, on the same site as and in the style of, an earlier church on the same site, which the more recent church encases).
The Black Bear pub, unusually with a thatched roof, dates from 1634 and is said to have had famous 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin as 'guest' on more than one occasion. The Lower Chequer Inn can't claim such a famous resident - but is an attractive half-timbered building predating even the Black bear by at least 60 years.