The principal industries in Congleton include the manufacture of airbags and golf balls.
There are light engineering factories near the town, and sand extraction occurs on the Cheshire Plain, although much of the town is now a dormitory for Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.
In terms of physical geography, Congleton is located in a river valley (the River Dane).
The Congleton parliamentary constituency is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.It includes the towns of Congleton, Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Sandbach.Congleton was once thought to have been a Roman settlement, although there is no archaeological or documentary evidence to support this.Congleton became a market town after Vikings destroyed nearby Davenport.During the Civil War, former mayor and lawyer, John Bradshaw, became president of the court which sent Charles I to his execution in 1649.
His signature as Attorney General was the first on the king's death warrant.After they were judged to have broken MPs' expense rules in 2008 by claiming for rent on a second home owned by a family trust, both stood down at the 2010 general election; their joint statement cited the hectic life of politics as part of their reason for standing down.the Bromley Farm estate, otherwise known as "Tin Town" due to the number of tin RSJs built there; Mossley, which is sometimes classed as the wealthier part of town; Hightown, which is located before Mossley between town and the railway station; West Heath, which is a relatively new estate built in the early 1960s to the early 1980s; Lower Heath to the north of the town; and finally the town centre.For representation on Cheshire East Council, Congleton divided into two wards returning three members, Congleton East and Congleton West.All six seats are currently represented by Conservative Party Councillors. The town is split into two wards with 20 councillors elected every 4 years.Congleton is a town and civil parish in Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Dane 21 miles (34 kilometres) south of Manchester and to the west of the Macclesfield Canal.