ST7 (Alsager) area guide

The ST7 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Alsager, Alsager Central, Alsager East, Alsager West, Alsagers Bank, Astbury, Audley, Audley and Bignall End, Biddulph West, Bignall End, Butt Lane, Chell and Packmoor, Cheshire, Church Lawton, Englesea, Halmer End, Halmerend, Harriseahead, Kidsgrove, Lawton, Mow Cop, Newchapel, Odd Rode, Packmoor, Ravenscliffe, Rode Heath, Rookery, Scholar Green, Staffordshire, Stoke-On-Trent, Talke, Talke Pits, Wood Lane.
Alsager was a sleepy farming village until the nineteenth century when the railway connected it up to the rest of the country. In the centre of the town is a lake, Alsager Mere, which used to be the focal point of the town and the watering hole for local livestock. The Mere has been in existence since before medieval times. Since the 1800s people have been building houses around the mere.

The small village soon became the home of choice for pottery workers in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. But it was not until the 1960s that the population spiked when all the baby-boomers moved to the area to work at ICL in Kidsgrove.
In 2007 Alsager was granted the award of Fairtrade Town status by the Fairtrade Foundation. The population of Alsager is over 12,000 with a median age of 40. Today Alsager is a thriving university town in the county of Cheshire. Pit Lane is the home of a large shopping centre and West Avenue is a commercial business hub.

Some of the most expensive streets in ST7 include Dunnockswood and Church Road. The residents of these two streets are mainly high income families who prefer to live in smaller towns and villages where they can have ample space to raise their children. Dunnockswood has an average value of £500,000. All of the homes here are detached and situated on a small street just off Dunnocksfold Road. Dunnockswood turns into Church Road when it crosses Hassall Road. Church Road has an average property value of £400,000. There are thirty-four homes on this street which are mainly detached or semi detached. Local schools include Cranberry Junior School on Cranberry Lane and Alsager School on Hassall Road.

in contrast to this, some of the more affordable streets in Alsager are Higher Ash Road and Victoria Avenue. Homes on Higher Ash Road cost around £60,000, making them ideal for first time buyers and those with a smaller budget. The forty-three properties on this street are mostly semi-detached or terraced. St Saviour’s CofE Primary School on Congleton Road and Clough Hall Technology School on First Avenue are the nearest schools for local residents. Victoria Avenue has an average value of £60,000. The vast majority of the ninety-eight properties on this street are semi-detached. The schools in the area are Dove Bank Primary School off Rutland Road and Maryhill High School on Gloucester Road. For residents of both these streets, there is a supermarket located on Liverpool Road, which is fairly nearby.
Alsager is home to the Contemporary Arts and Sports Science Departments of Metropolitan University. Dance, music theatre, live art, performance writing and visual events are promoted by the Alsager Arts Centre. The centre is regularly funded not only by the University but by the Arts Council.

The Alsager Mere, the once large lake and focal point of the town, is currently shrinking and can only be accessed by two small, fenced public viewing areas. The few lucky residents who have gardens adjoining with the lake also have private access to the area.

Currently, the United Kingdom’s biggest five mile road race is held in the area every year in February and attracts the country’s top endurance athletes.

Some of the area’s restaurants include Stoke at the Hotel George, The Victorian Restaurant at Rokkery Hall, Ostler Restaurant, Harecastle Farm Beefeater and Miller n Carter. A well known Indian restaurant in the area is Shaffers.