Cheshire (/ˈtʃɛʃə/ or /ˈtʃɛʃɪə/; archaically the County Palatine of Chester; abbreviated Ches.) is a ceremonial county in North West England, in the United Kingdom.
The western edge of the county forms part of England's border with Wales. Cheshire's county town is the city of Chester, although the largest town is Warrington, which historically was in Lancashire. Other major towns include Widnes, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Winsford, Northwich, and Wilmslow. Historically the county contained the Wirral, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and other towns. The county is bordered by Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, and Wrexham and Flintshire in Wales to the west. Cheshire is also a part of the Welsh Marches.