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The mill was demolished in 2003, and sheltered housing is being built here. The town's prosperity depended on tariffs imposed on imported silk.When tariffs were removed in the 1860s, the empty mills were converted to fustian cutting.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.
Before the abolition of Cheshire County Council on 1 April 2009, Congleton was a county borough.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.The town had a population of 26,482 according to the Census 2011.
The principal industries in Congleton include the manufacture of airbags and golf balls.