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Rainbow After the Storm

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Where Mental Health Matters

Rainbow After the Storm is an award-winning mental health
support group and Community Interest Company.

www.rainbowafterthestorm.org

 

welcome to mywarrington

my hometown in my lifetime

16 years online - a lifetime in the making

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Site last updated Monday, 18 October 2021

Where is the nearest city to Warrington? Liverpool? Manchester? Chester? Click this text to find the answer...

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What's New?

Rainbow After the Storm is an award-winning mental health support group set up during the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2021. It is also a Community Interest Company, meaning all profits have to reinvested in the company. It was set up by Nicky Price, a personal wellbeing and business coach. Read an introduction to the company here on mywarrington before visiting the company website. The page launched 12 August 2021 and is called Rainbow in the navigation bar.

I am currently trying out new software with the intention of converting the website into a more user-friendly experience that works on laptops, tablets and smartphones. It would be very much appreciated if you could send me some feedback on what it looks like and whether it is easy to use. There is a Contact page included. The website address for the site is https://mywarrington.org

 

New Memory Lane entry: Warrington Harriers and Athletics Club by Barry Evans

(added 2 June 2021)

More updates coming soon...

mywarrington is a journey through my hometown of Warrington,
northwest England, featuring photographs, stories and memories

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If aliens built the pyramids, why didn't they come back again and show us how to get Wembley Stadium finished on time?

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Bawming of the Thorn Classic Motor Shows On The Waterfront South Warrington News
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The Cycle Museum On My Travels

Sankey Valley

Wire-less

About Me/Why This Website?

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Warrington is an industrial and market town with a population of around 200,000. It is situated on the River Mersey mid-way between Liverpool and Manchester. The first crossing point of the River Mersey was at Latchford, by way of a ford. The name Warrington comes from "werid" meaning ford, "ford town", the town on the ford. The Saxons called it Walintune - "Town of Welshman in a river bend". See History for more.

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The motto Deus Dat Incrementum,
translates as "God giveth the increase".
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mywarrington is not connected to the exhibition and promotes this as a courtesy

I Never Knew that about Warrington:

The centre of the town used to be on Church Street.
Warrington became the first paved town in Lancashire in 1321.
Warrington experienced an earthquake on 2 April 1750.
The first newspaper in Lancashire, the Warrington Advertiser, was published by Eyre's Press on Horsemarket Street in 1757.
Sailcloth for Nelson's fleet was made here in the 19th century.
The Glaze Brook and the Sankey Brook were formally the eastern and western boundaries respectively of the ancient Parish of Warrington.
Entertainer George Formby is buried at Warrington cemetery. And something you won't know: his song The Window Cleaner was about a real-life window cleaner John Edwin Marlow. His (John's) grandson was my late friend, Myles Crozier. Read George's biography in Warrington People.
Salmon swim in the River Mersey once again - the industrial revolution finished them off originally, but the river has been cleaned up in the 21st century.
Warrington had a castle at Mote Hill, close to the Parish Church.
The former Warrington Housing Association office building on Buttermarket Street opposite St Mary's Church was originally a residence for nuns.
St James' Church Sunday School opened in 1779, believed to be the first in the county.
Warrington Wolves (The Wire) have never been out of the top flight since the Rugby League was formed in 1895.
The first Boulton & Watt steam engine used in Lancashire was installed in a Latchford cotton mill in 1787.
The town's first MP was Edmund G. Hornby (Liberal) in 1832.
The first ever Lancashire county cricket match was played in Warrington in 1864.
World light-heavyweight boxing champion Freddie Mills was based at RAF Padgate during the Second World War.
Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott originally planned to propose to his wife at the Patten Arms hotel opposite Bank Quay station in 1959 where he had worked as a commis chef some years before. He eventually got nervous and proposed in the train toilet instead! So says his wife in her autobiography.
Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and Johnny Weissmuller were stationed in the town during the Second World War.
Charlie Chaplin performed at the Royal Theatre of Varieties on Scotland Road before it became the Futurist then Regent cinema.
There are currently no street names in Warrington beginning with either X or Z (unless you know different!).

And that's just for starters. Delve into the site for more fascinating stuff on this important gateway to the north west, from ships in the old days to the modern rail and motorway network of today.

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Save Warrington

Transporter Bridge

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The photographs show the transporter bridge over the River Mersey at Bank Quay on 23 January 2007. 

Work started on construction of the bridge in 1913, but delays due to the start of the First World War meant it didn't open until 1916. The bridge was owned by Crosfield soap works and although was originally designed for road vehicles, railway wagons were carried over it from the 1940s. It has a span of 187 feet (57 metres), a width of 30 feet and a height of 76 feet. It was designed by William Henry Hunter and constructed by Sir William Arrol to take up to 18 tons in weight. It has not been used since 1964 and is now a Grade II* listed monument.
On 19 March 2015 I interviewed Margaret Ingham on Radio Warrington about her idea to save the transporter bridge from decay. She announced a public meeting later that evening at the Waterside Inn on Centre Park to drum up support for her campaign. She later published a summary of the meeting on her Facebook campaign page. Here is that summary in her own words.
The meeting was well attended by 30 people, sadly some who wanted to be there could not make it on the night. We had a great mix of skills present, civil engineer, heritage consultant, historical researcher, web designer, publicist, activist, health and safety, illustrator and film maker to name a few. There was a lively discussion with a great many very useful ideas. We formed a committee for what will be the Friends of Warrington Transporter Bridge (FOWTB). We agreed that we will become a formal constituted society in order to make credible advances to WBC, Grant Authorities and so on. The meeting formally selected Margaret Ingham as Chairman. The next stage will be a committee meeting at which we will draft a constitution and plan strategy. Keep watching.
Margaret later published some extracts from the Warrington Guardian.
Good work by Guardian reporter Aran Dhillon see below 'Cllr Steve Parish (LAB - Bewsey and Whitecross) has raised the possibility of securing a grant to set maintenance work underway' and former council leader John Gartside says 'Anything that can help the town is great and I am sure it could be a good thing for Warrington.', although like Andy Farral he thinks the new bridges must come first. Hopefully WBC will now agree to let us seek grants to get the job done, so that the money need not come from WBC coffers.
The campaign also received interest from BBC Northwest Tonight.

To join the campaign, see the Facebook page, Save Warrington Transport Bridge.

Email the group

New application to have historic Raven Inn listed

A new application has been submitted to Historic England, to have the historic Raven Inn at Glazebury, Warrington, listed.

A previous application was not accepted, with no right of appeal unless new evidence could be unearthed, for a fresh application. This latest submission by American based history enthusiast Van Hostetler, contains fascinating new evidence.

The application is extremely detailed with case made for this rare survivor’s importance to Lancashire and within a national context. It contains new historic information and further attempts to demonstrate group value as desired by Historic England.

Perhaps most interesting are images which indicate that the Raven Inn, clearly shown on the 1786 Yates Map, had former functions both as an agricultural barn and as a water mill.

Many mysteries also remain.

New information indicates that the building now housing the Raven Inn is much older than previously documented and that it exhibits new evidence of prior agricultural and milling functions.

Prior agricultural use is shown by a brick pitching hole clearly seen in its gable in a 1926 photograph. The existence of this pitching hole dictates the former placement of a loading ramp for wagons on the east side of the building’s second story.

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The 1843 Ordnance Survey maps also indicate past function as a water mill. It is shown that a mill pond existed adjacent the building. This mill pond was connected to the existing (now covered) mill race which runs along the front of the building.

The above findings support medieval origins for the Raven Inn as well as the listed buildings found on the furlongs to its north and south. Its placement shows it to be older than previously documented.

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The Ordinance Survey from [1843] shows that the Raven Inn was formerly a water mill. Despite some alteration, architectural integrity is retained to a significant degree. This is the most intact structure to survive upon the medieval Holcroft estate and is in much better condition than any of the adjacent listed Holcroft structures. The building still exhibits its original foundation, original brickwork, original mill race, and underneath added overlays, likely its original pitching holes and original timber frame. Raven_Inn_Pub_Glazebury_2007_0715_1.JPG (175155 bytes)
When evidence of its prior functions is considered, the Raven Inn is likely much older than previously thought. No other structure in the area can illustrate multiple ties to the feudal estate system of old Lancashire in quite the way this one can. Much more must be learned about its history and thus, this asset must be protected.

This is the most intact structure to survive upon the medieval Holcroft estate and is in much better condition than any of the adjacent listed Holcroft structures’.

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Meanwhile campaigners, who have successfully had the pub Listed as an Asset of Community Value by Warrington Borough Council and put in a bid to buy the building, have adopted an effigy of Colonel Blood as their mascot by. It is believed the pub was built by Holcroft family in 1562 providing direct links with Colonel Thomas Blood, and King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn via the Holcroft family. As manorial lords existing as far back as the 13th century, they achieved notoriety through the marriage of their daughter Maria to Colonel Thomas Blood, an Irish adventurer. Thomas_Blood.jpg (120716 bytes)
Thomas Blood served with Cromwell in Ireland and when he was stationed in south Lancashire the wedding took place at nearby Newchurch Parish Church on the 21st June 1650. A turbulent life of political intrigue was marked by a failed attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, when Thomas was imprisoned in the White Tower before trial. Surprisingly he was pardoned and eventually became a favourite of King Charles II, dying at his Westminster home in 1680. Newchurch_Parish_Church_2011_0520.jpg (156007 bytes)
Many thanks to Gary at Warrington Worldwide for permission to use his report here. 22 June 2021.

Photographs are © Gordon I Gandy / mywarrington.me.uk except, Thomas Blood image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Blood.png (G. Scott, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Congratulations to Warrington Rylands in their 3-2 victory over Binfield FC in the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium on 22 May 2021. A hat trick from Elliott Nevitt securing the win for Rylands. The match was broadcast live on BT Sport. Read a report at Warrington Worldwide.

 

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Reader request

My Grandfather, John Webb, served in WW1 he was injured at the Battle of Le Chateau. He was a prisoner of war,  later sent via the Red Cross to Switzerland he died as a result of his Injuries shortly after his return to Warrington. My father, also John Webb, was too young to remember him. He had a photo of his father in his uniform and a letter written when he was a prison of war. I have these items. The letter detailing the serious abdominal operation performed without anaesthetic and the treatment he received as a prisoner is beyond belief. 

He gave away two of his war medals. I have the remaining Mons Star and would love to find the two lost medals. Printed on the medals would be his name J.Webb no 53 Manchester Regiement.

Sheila Rotherham (nee Webb).

If any reader can help, please email me here at mywarrington and I will pass your responses onto Sheila.

Reader Request for Photo

I wonder if you could help in any way. For many years Nigel Sharpe has been a collector of Wardonia shaving items and has a great interest in the firm of Thomas Ward & Sons Ltd.

In his research he has obtained photographs of the Wardonia works in Sheffield but nothing for the premises in Eden Street, Warrington, and wonders if any reader knows if such a photo exists.

Nigel maintains a web page www.wardoniarazors.co.uk showing the Sheffield works and would love to be able to include the Warrington Works too.

If you can help, link to Nigel's website or send any photos to me here at mywarrington and I will pass them on to him. Posted 1 Oct 2013.

Peter Spilsbury adds that Wardonia is not mentioned in the 1935-6 Warrington Directory, but there is a Thomas Ward & Sons listed as jewellers and he had two addresses in Suez Street (nos. 6 & 11).There were other Thomas Wards but no hint of Wardonia with them.

Warrington Borough Council's general enquiries number changed to (01925) 443322 on 2 April 2013.
mywarrington has no connection with the council. Telephone number appears for your convenience.

Warrington has a population of 202,228 (101,928 women and 100,300 men), according to the 2011 Census.
This is an increase of 11,144 or 5.8% on the 2001 Census figure of 191,084.
Here is the breakdown for residents answering the religious question:

Christian 144,405  Buddhist 457 Hindu 1,118 Jewish 147 Muslim 2,097
Sikh 361 Other religion 513 No religion 41,293 Religion not stated 11,837 Total Population: 202,228

Figures released in January 2014 show that there were more than 1,000 women and over 300 men aged
90 or above living in the town. It is also estimated that 37 people in the town have celebrated their 100th
birthday. The Office for National Statistics predicts that the number of over-80s in the UK is set to double
to six million by 2037, with 111,000 centenarians in the same year– up from 13,000 in 2012.

Information reproduced in good faith. mywarrington accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies.

nwmort_sthelens_130420_6.jpg (64403 bytes) On 20 April 2013 I visited the Northwest Museum of Road Transport in St Helens and the volunteers gave me permission to photograph the Warrington Corporation Transport vehicles in their collection and to present them here on mywarrington. They are featured in Where Are They Now - Warrington's Preserved buses section of the On The Buses page. It's a great museum if you like vintage transport and they are open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays between 12 noon and 4pm. nwmort_sthelens_130420_1.JPG (98279 bytes)

Ingham_Bowden__b10in_bm.jpg (78819 bytes) This photograph was emailed to me in January 2013 by one of my readers. He tells me he bought an old oak picture frame in a antiques shop on Orford Lane in the 1970s to use for family photos. It contained this old photograph which he left behind his picture. The name on the photograph is Ingham Bowdon and the contributor of the photo and I wonder if anybody knows anything about the gentleman or if indeed the owner of the photograph would like it back. Does the name ring any bells with anyone locally? Please contact me and I will forward your details on to the reader who would be happy to reunite the photograph with the owner. Posted 5.3.2013.
Update (21 March 2013): one of my readers in Australia says she used to live in Longford St Orford and there was a shop on the street called Bowden's Furniture shop. She wonders if this was the same family.

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School days: the best years of our lives? See the rest on the Hamilton Street page

Culture Warrington became the new name for culture services in Warrington. The services transferred from Warrington Borough Council to a brand new company limited by guarantee in May 2012 and are currently going through the process of becoming a registered charity. They will be responsible for running the museum, Parr Hall and Pyramid. In a similar move Live Wire became responsible for local leisure, libraries and lifestyle services.


radiowarrington.co.uk

The community
radio station
for Warrington.
ONLINE and on 
smartphones NOW!

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hours a day,
from Warrington,
for Warrington -
on the internet.

Here we see presenter, DJKenny, at Warrington Market's Classic Transport Show on 27 June 2009.

News is provided by Warrington Worldwide. Radio Warrington has been online since March 2007.
It was granted a temporary FM radio licence to broadcast on 87.8 FM from 7 to 15 July 2012.
This included live shows from the Warrington Market Transport Show, the Warrington Music Festival,
the 21st Disability Awareness Day at Walton Hall Gardens and coverage of Warrington Wolves matches
(including the great Challenge Cup Semi-final win over Huddersfield to take the team to Wembley
for the third time in four years). The station secured a 28-day licence in 2012 which ran from Monday
12 November to Sunday 9 December. Another licence was granted for 15-29 May 2013 to broadcast
during the NATIONAL LOVE YOUR LOCAL MARKET campaign. The station was granted a five-year
licence in 2014 to broadcast on AM (medium wave). This service launched in 2016.

Radio Warrington - From the town, for the town.

DJKenny has his own website www.djkennylive.me.uk.

Click here or on the station banner above to be taken to the Radio Warrington website.

A reader is trying to trace the whereabouts of the above photo, which is said to be of a shop at 29 Padgate Lane from the 1930s. The location is currently occupied by Chapel Walks Garage near the traffic lights. Can any reader shed any light on the shop, business owner, location, etc? If you can help, email me here at mywarrington. Posted 17.6.2012.

A reader poses a question about the photo below.
See Cockhedge Mill Fire section of Memory Lane to see what he is puzzled about.
And I think I now have the answer.

Read the story behind this image in Memory Lane

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I OFTEN RECEIVE REQUESTS FROM READERS ASKING TO TRACE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR FAMILY TREES OR SIMILAR. PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT HAVE THE FACILITIES NOR THE INTEREST IN PROVIDING THIS KIND OF SERVICE. DESPITE THIS NOTICE, I AM STILL RECEIVING REQUESTS TO LOCATE PEOPLE IN PHONE BOOKS, ETC. PLEASE NOTE THAT I WILL NOT RESPOND TO FUTURE EMAIL REQUESTS OF THIS NATURE. THANK YOU. 11.2.2011.

Throughout the website you will see my two assistants - Email and Femail. They have been part of the mywarrington team from the beginning, working away tirelessly in the background answering all your emails. So if you want to keep in touch, email me (or femail me) with your memories of the town, comments and suggestions by clicking on their images wherever they appear. You can, of course, click my pen at the top and bottom of each page too or on other email links throughout the site. Images Copyright © Fletcher 1999.

The Inchicore Pressed Glass Works Private Museum website gives information on Orford Lane Glass Works (see Edward Bolton section under English Glass). If you can help fill in any of the history of the works, the author would be extremely grateful. He is particularly interested in the date the works finally closed down before the site was used for Alliance Box Works from 1900. Contact him via his website, rather than here at mywarrington. Page 9 of the October 2010 edition of Warrington-Worldwide gives more on the story. Posted 27 Sep 2010.

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Read about policemen Jock Hay and Bobby Dooley in Memory Lane.

WARRINGTON TO LYMM - LOW LEVEL : 150 YEARS OF CHANGE By Bert Harris

An account of the Warrington and  Stockport Railway by a local resident. Click here.

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RAF BURTONWOOD, a section covering Europe's largest air base
from World War Two until its closure in 1993.

Burtonwood Association website www.rafburtonwoodbase.org.
The Heritage Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm
near Gulliver's World theme park in Westbrook.

CLICK ON EMAIL OR FEMAIL TO CONTACT ME

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On Top Of The World

Featuring images of the town centre taken from the air, including the top of the Big Wheel which visited Warrington at Christmas 2007.

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I rode it in its first week. My special thanks go to the ride's owners, Jan de Koning Fun Fairs for their assistance.

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On the Waterfront

A JOURNEY ALONG THE RIVERS AND CANALS OF WARRINGTON

complementing Warrington Green. Click here for On The Waterfront

Keep up to date with events and happenings at
Warrington Museum and also at Warrington Library

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© P Spilsbury

© G Gandy

See more pictures like these in
On The Buses
and Peter's Gallery.

Did you know: the Captain of the Titanic, Edward John Smith, married his sweetheart Sarah
Eleanor Pennington at St Oswald's Church Winwick in 1887? Read his profile in Warrington People.

RAF Burtonwood

Warrington
Transporter Bridge

THE BEWSIAN

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Click here for the story
of RAF Burtonwood. The
page also includes the
town's war memorials.

The photo above is a Douglas
C-47D Skytrain on display
at Burtonwood
Air Base in 1957.
It is part of a series of
photographs now featured in
Peter's Gallery
.
Image Copyright © P. Spilsbury

The Transporter Bridge over
the River Mersey at
Bank Quay on 23 January
2007. It was built in 1916
and has a span of 187
feet (57 metres).

It has not been used since
1964 and is now a
Grade II* listed monument.

A history of Bewsey
Secondary Modern School
from its beginnings in 1934
to its closure in 1993.

click here

See the creative side of the young people of Dallam. Click the link below and then
go to 'Dallam Youth Art' section in the contents box of the My Warrington page.

WARRINGTON PEOPLE

Warrington People profiles famous people with a Warrington connection.
Read about Joseph Priestley, Pete Postlethwaite and others.
See also the Sporting People and Entertaining People sections

Read a brief introduction to the Boteler family on the History page. Click this text...

Have a look at Warrington in the smoky 70s! My Warrington page

TRANSPORT IN WARRINGTON

On The Buses - my history of buses in Warrington

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Buses and street scenes
old and new

Looking at the railways
around the town

Click the image

The Cycle Museum at Walton Gardens
Click the image for the Events page

Also in Peter's Gallery:
175th Anniversary of Warrington to Newton Railway.
Remember the cattle markets in the town? See where they got off the trains.
Images around Bank Quay.
Views from the top of St Thomas' Church in Stockton Heath. Link to the church website here

Incidentally, a photo by Peter of Crossville's old bus garage on Chester Road can be viewed in the
online edition of South Warrington News, issue 173, week ending 27 July 2007, under the Latchford Life section

 

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BAWMING OF THE THORN

Read about this event, unique to Warrington.
Click here for the story and more pictures.

CLICK ON EMAIL OR FEMAIL TO CONTACT ME

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TOWN CENTRE WALKING TOURS

Updated for 2009

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Tour 1
visit ye olde town centre

Discover some of Warrington's rich heritage in my walking tours of the town...accessible to all

Tour 2
travel through the newgate of old down a river to a river

Some of the information in the Tours was reproduced from a series of books on Warrington
with the kind permission of the author, H. Wells. Visit his website www.hwells.co.uk

 

SANKEY VALLEY

Take a stroll through Sankey Valley Park from Callands to Fiddlers Ferry. Click the image above

 

On my travels...

Occasionally, I will feature items with a Warrington connection from other areas. At Bridge Foot you might notice a large telephone box. It is a K4 "Vermillion Giant". You can read more about it on the Tour 2 page. On my travels in January 2006, I located another one (it is believed there are only 5 remaining examples in the country). You can see it outside The Cholmondeley Arms pub on Church Street in Frodsham.

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The Cholmondeley Arms near
the railway station approach,
with the K4 "Vermillion Giant" (31 Jan 2006), left, and Warrington's version at Bridge Foot.

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The pub itself is very interesting. It received its present name around 1900. Previously it had been a beer house with a wine licence, known as the Albert Inn, and received a full licence in 1960. Previous owners include a Mrs Farrell (1872), the Atlas Brewery (1890) and Burtonwood Brewery from 1923. It is believed the pub opened in 1841. If you are passing through Frodsham, don't forget to call in. You will be made very welcome by the licensee!

 Check out some history of Fiddler's Ferry on My Warrington page

Wire-less

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20 Oct 2005

Warrington's association with the wire-weaving industry came to an end in 2005 when Carrington Wire closed its Battersby Lane works. Take a last look at the factory through photos of the site and eventual demolition on the My Warrington page.

memories
  memories      memories      memories      memories

How many of us remember these town centre shops from many years ago?
BARLOWS...animal & pet feeds    HODGKINSONS    TIMOTHY WHITES    LIPTONS ...
did you do your weekly shop here?

Do you have any memories of life in Warrington? Would you like to share them on mywarrington? I am always on the lookout for any stories from residents of the town or from those who have moved away. You might remember the war period, or the Teddy Boy 50s. Flower Power 60s or Glam Rock 70s? 3-day weeks? Power cuts, strikes? The Yuppie 80s? What about the cinema - or is that the flicks? Sport? Down the pub? Factory life? Summer days? Winter nights? Tin baths in front of the fire? Early closing day? Sleeping top and tail? Coal in the bunker? Oil cloth for carpets? Parking lights on your car? Did you work at Burtonwood base? What about your first telly? Or the wireless? Or the Gramophone? Were any of your relatives around at the turn of the 20th Century? Was it better or are we better off today? Do you have photographs to illustrate your story? You can attach them to email address (click here). Please make sure you are the copyright owner or have the owner's permission. I cannot reproduce work without it, or from books or newspapers (unless it's yours, of course). If you do make contact, it would be nice to know where in the world you are emailing from, especially if you are an ex-pat. In the meantime, see what others have shared on the Memory Lane page.

Back in 1999 when I did my City & Guilds in computers, my mobile office always had something in there that somebody wanted, to which one group member asked if I had the kitchen sink in there as well. So I said yes, and created this photo for my file. It was then a case of not whether I had something, but can I borrow... So hopefully regarding the town's history, I will have the answer to your questions. And if not, I will go to the DIY store archive and try to locate it... So don't be afraid to contact me by email.

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The squirrel, left, was pointed out to me in Walton Hall Gardens by a small child.

I was taking some pictures in the grounds and he shouted across to me. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

He is called Wirey after his tail and the fact that he is from Warrington! Thanks Tony for giving him a name.

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My thanks to all readers who have helped to make the site such a great success since I launched it in May 2005. Many contributors are ex-pats from all over the world - Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, Europe, Africa and Hong Kong, making the site truly a worldwide event! And it has all been achieved by word of mouth and by handing out cards like the one here. Click on it and print it out to pass on to your friends - tell them what they've been missing! I'm still waiting for contact from Russia - but they are probably busy preparing for the football World Cup Finals in 2018!

 

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Where Mental Health Matters

Rainbow After the Storm is an award-winning mental health
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