A view across the town from the east end of the parish church. Some of Macclesfield's textile mills can be seen. They were still working at this time. The town became a centre for the textile industry as it had good road and rail links which made it cheap to get raw materials to the mills and distribute products. A large number of mills were involved in the silk trade in the 18th and early 19th century while there was a ban on continental imports. When this was lifted in the mid 19th century many of the town's silk mills were bankrupted.