hometown in my lifetime
Thirteen years online - a
lifetime in the making
is a journey
through my hometown of Warrington,
northwest England, featuring photographs,
stories and memories
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.
If any links to external sites do not work,
please let me know. Every one of them
worked at the time of publishing,
but things do get moved around or deleted.
|What's New? Just
a note from me to say I am beginning to update the website again during
2017. I have added a few items to the Timeline for 2015 and 2017. I am
also back on Radio Warrington as well every Friday with
the mywarrington Radio Show from 12 noon till 3pm. We broadcast on 1332
AM (Medium Wave), online at www.radiowarrington.me.uk
and via the Radio Warrington App on your
I have added one profile to Warrington
People. William John Beamont (clergyman and author), son of
historian, mayor and solicitor, William Beamont. Posted
11 Oct 2017.
In 2014 A reader asked if anybody can remember
who the first headmaster/headmistress of Dallam County Primary school was. The
school opened on 24 April 1953. Well, thanks to Brian Cartwright, I now have the
answer: it was Mr Davis. Brian also remembers Miss Nash (I do too) and Mr Ralph.
More updates coming soon...
Civic Society seeks to preserve and promote town's heritage, improve its
built environment and make Warrington somewhere we can all be proud of.
The organisation was originally formed in 1961 and re-launched by John
Shipley in 2015. Like them on Facebook
the group on firstname.lastname@example.org
Market traders move as part of
million Bridge Street regeneration scheme
WORK has now started on the £102 million regeneration
of Warrington town centre's Bridge Street quarter. The market has moved into a temporary home on the site of the current Time
Square and the council believes the plans will
lead to a bustling vibrant market place at the heart of the new
When open in 2019 the new
market hall will incorporate the magnificent Grade 2 listed former Boots
on Bridge Street as one of its entrances.
How the Howard Buildings on Bridge Street will be
into Warrington Market (left) and the scene from Bank Street.
Birdseye view of the project. Bridge
Street/skittles/Buttermarket Street coloured brown.
For a history of the area, see the Warrington
Market page. Images: WBC
The photographs show the
transporter bridge over the River Mersey at Bank Quay on 23 January
| 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
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
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
later published some extracts from the Warrington Guardian.
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.
campaign also received interest from BBC Northwest Tonight.
To join the campaign, see the
Facebook page, Save
Warrington Transport Bridge.
Harrison Square Dallam
Wednesday 11 February, 2015, a public consultation took place in
Community House, Dallam to showcase the plans to regenerate Harrison
Square, Longshaw Street and Boulting Avenue into a new residential and
notice pushed through resident's doors
of the site
The project will now go to the council planning department
and is expected to take three months. If the plan is approved, the
contractors can be on site this summer and the build should be finished in
summer 2016. The first stage is to relocate the existing shop onto the
green land opposite the roundabout. A pharmacy is expected to occupy a
unit next to the new shop, with a temporary facility within Community
House. Once the new shop and pharmacy are operating, the existing shop and
Community House will be demolished and a mix of two-bedroom houses and
bungalows will occupy the space, including the land that became vacant
last year when the other six shops were demolished. There will also be
houses either side of the new retail units on Longshaw Street. The shop
and pharmacy will have their own delivery access on the east side of Longshaw
Street (to the right as we look in the third photo below).
area on east
side of roundabout
up of the
plan from the air
(shop and pharmacy)
One of the concerns from residents was that no flats were
built on the site. Thankfully, there won't be any flats. Instead, there
will be a mixture of houses and bungalows to blend in with the existing
community. They will be two-bedroom properties (see second photo below for
layout). One benefit of the new homes will be larger windows to allow more
light in, as well as being built to modern safety and
environmentally-friendly standards. There will also be a new road in
between the houses linking Boulting Avenue with Longshaw Street
roundabout. I hope we can keep the name 'Harrison' in the name of the new
road. Maybe something like Harrison Gardens or similar? Do you have a
suggestion of your own? They could of course keep the existing name,
although technically it will no longer be a 'square'.
of the street
from Longshaw Street
and Boulting Avenue
The open day was well attended and everybody was positive
about the proposals. Residents who have lived on the estate for many years
were happy to see something happen after many false starts in the past,
including a project called Dallam on Health. This was a
survey/questionnaire in the 1980s to gain opinions from residents on what
they felt was needed on the estate. But here in 2015, things are positive.
Golden Gates Housing
Trust with Helena
Partnerships will manage the properties. There will be 21 houses and
six bungalows, each with their own gardens.
One issue to be addressed is parking. Each property is
expected to have space for one car, but the main concern is parking for
the school runs. Currently, there is parking space alongside the vacant
land created when the original six shops were demolished last year.
However, this space will be occupied by some of the new houses. One
suggestion is to creating a drop-off point for the school runs and to restrict
deliveries to the shops to different times of the day from the school
runs. One resident expressed concern about night time deliveries. At the
moment, the shop opening hours are 8am to 10pm. I believe most of the
deliveries are conducting during daylight hours, and there is no reason to
I am extremely grateful to Helena
Partnerships and John McCall
Architects for permission to reproduce the plans here on mywarrington.
Also thanks to Warrington Borough
Council and Warrington
Partnership, who are involved in the project. All information here is
reproduced in good faith. Any errors or omissions will be corrected as
soon as possible. Apart from errors on the page, please contact the
relevant partners above for information on the redevelopment. They promise
to keep me and the general public updated on progress. I will also use my Facebook
account to post updates, as well as my Radio
Warrington shows on Thursdays 12 till 3pm and Fridays 3 till 6pm. Feel
free to email me here at mywarrington
on general Warrington information/events/etc.
on Harrison Square is scheduled to start in January 2017 after the
demolition of the Harrison Centre at the northern end of Boulting Avenue.
is not connected to nor endorsed by any of the above-mentioned
organisations and I have received no fee for reproducing this information.
started on the house building project in 2017
Ever wondered where the
first crossing point of the Mersey was? Or where
Oliver Cromwell slept when he stayed in the town? Or what Manchester
called in the past? Or what day Early Closing was in the town? Well,
find out those
answers and more by listening to the Mywarrington Radio Show on Radio
Warrington every Thursday lunchtime between 12 noon and 3 pm.
or on your phone with the Tune In app.
Yes, I am back on Radio
every Friday lunchtime from 12 till 3.
is a local Warrington community recycle shop, who are committed
to support our local communities.
They are based in one of the most deprived wards of Warrington, which
are in the most 20% deprived in England.
See the Community page
|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
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
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 Family Businesses Closed Down in 2014.
2014 saw the closure of three of
Warrington's family businesses. The Waysiders on Horsemarket Street, Edwin Allen
arts and crafts shop on Buttermarket Street and Whites Sports shop in Warrington
Market have all closed down their high street shops due to retirement. One of
them, Whites Sports, will continue to have an online presence at WhitesSports.com.
I have created a new Shop! section which features the
history of the shops which includes some fascinating photos which I have been given
access to for the mywarrington website.
BEGAN IN 1894
SAT 17 MAY2014
31 MAY 2014
BEGAN IN 1944
30 APR 2014
|If you have memories of either working or shopping at
any of the three stores, then get
and I will be delighted to add your stories to the
Memory Lane section of the mywarrington website.
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
A special study of how towns and
cities have developed during the past century has revealed
Warrington as the top town in Britain for economic growth.
The report was published by the
‘Cities Outlook 1901' in July
2012. Read more at warrington-worldwide.co.uk.
released in October 2013 show that 9.1 million people visited Warrington during
The report says that the tourism industry in Warrington employs 6,000 people
directly and indirectly.
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:
not stated 11,837
released in January 2014 show that there were more than 1,000 women and over 300
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.
||On 20 April 2013 I visited the
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.
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.
(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.
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.
ONLINE and on
hours a day,
for Warrington -
on the internet.
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.
was granted a temporary FM radio licence to broadcast on 87.8 FM from
7 to 15
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
Challenge Cup Semi-final win over Huddersfield to take the team to
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
Warrington - Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.
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
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
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
|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.
Read about policemen Jock Hay and
Bobby Dooley in Memory Lane.
An account of the
Warrington and Stockport Railway by a local resident. Click
Read about The
Bridgewater Players drama group in Community.
BURTONWOOD, a section covering Europe's largest air base
War Two until its closure in 1993.
Burtonwood Association website www.rafburtonwoodbase.org.
Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm
near Gulliver's World theme park
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Warrington News is a free newspaper which is distributed throughout
Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall, Thelwall, Stretton, Hatton, Walton, Lymm,
Latchford, Moore, Daresbury, Weaverham and Northwich FREE every month with
an online version. South Warrington News started life in 1993 as ‘SHOPFRONT’,
a quarterfold publication which quickly established itself as the main press
presence in South Warrington. Based in Stockton Heath, its main aim was to give
South Warrington its own voice and identity with the mission statement ‘Use
your local shops, businesses and amenities, or lose them’. SHOPFRONT, fuelled
by the loyalty of the area it served, went from strength to strength.
mywarrington is proud to promote the newspaper on this website. See their
website at www.southwarringtonnews.com
where you can download it for offline reading.
Also check the two other newspaper organisations in the town: Warrington
Worldwide and the Warrington
- Proud to be at the Heart of Your Community. Online. On your smartphone. 24
hours a day.
FM for music, news and sport, 24 hours a day since 1 September, 1998.
Although they broadcast to Warrington, Runcorn and Widnes and originally from a
site off Long Lane, Warrington, they are now part of UTV media (GB) and based in
Featuring images of the
town centre taken from the air, including the top of the Big Wheel which visited
Warrington at Christmas 2007.
I rode it in its first week. My special
thanks go to the ride's owners, Jan
de Koning Fun Fairs for their assistance.
Warrington Wolves successfully defended their 2009 Challenge Cup win over
Huddersfield by beating Leeds Rhinos 30-6 at Wembley on Saturday 28 August
2010. They became
Super League Champions 2011 after
beating Hull FC 34-12 on Friday 9 September 2011. Their nearest rival
Wigan also won, but Warrington Wolves were one point ahead in the table.
Read about their
history-making games and other events in the club's history in Warrington Wolves.
Occasionally readers ask me for
information on events, happenings, things they remember, etc in the town. I
don't always know the answers, so visit the Community
page to see if you can help with some of those questions.
PHOTOS FROM THE 4TH ANNUAL FIDDLER'S FERRY CLASSIC
VEHICLE SHOW AND
WARRINGTON MARKET SHOWS.
page for more
The Winwick Pig
in the History
A JOURNEY ALONG THE RIVERS
AND CANALS OF WARRINGTON
Green. Click here
for On The Waterfront
The extension to Golden Square shopping centre opened to
the public on Thursday 24 May 2007, celebrating the arrival of Debenhams
department store, along with new names like H&M, Oasis, Jane Norman, La Senza and Bank. Boots moved into the centre from Bridge
Street on 20 June 2007. See
the official Golden
Square website for details.
My thanks to Bovis
Lend Lease for permission to use the image of Golden Square
And don't forget Warrington Market and Cockhedge
Shopping in the
town centre, with Riverside Retail Park alongside the River Mersey.
Keep up to date with events
and happenings at
Warrington Museum and also at Warrington
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
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
Air Base in 1957.
It is part of a series of
photographs now featured in
Image Copyright © P. Spilsbury
Transporter Bridge over
the River Mersey at
Bank Quay on 23 January
It was built in 1916
has a span of 187
feet (57 metres).
not been used since
1964 and is now a
Grade II* listed monument.
history of Bewsey
Secondary Modern School
from its beginnings in 1934
to its closure in 1993.
See the creative side of the young people of Dallam. Click
the link below and then
'Dallam Youth Art' section in the contents box of the My
Have a look at Warrington
in the smoky 70s! My
On The Buses
- my history of buses in Warrington
and street scenes
old and new
Looking at the railways
around the town
Click the image
Cycle Museum at Walton Gardens
Click the image for the Events
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
Images around Bank Quay.
Views from the top of St Thomas' Church in Stockton Heath. Link to the
church website here
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
OF THE THORN
Read about this event, unique to
for the story and more pictures.
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a stroll through Sankey Valley Park from Callands to Fiddlers Ferry.
Click the image above
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.
Cholmondeley Arms near
the railway station approach,
with the K4 "Vermillion Giant" (31 Jan 2006),
and Warrington's version at Bridge Foot.
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
Check out some
history of Fiddler's Ferry on My
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
How many of us remember these town centre shops from many
BARLOWS...animal & pet feeds
HODGKINSONS TIMOTHY WHITES LIPTONS ...
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
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.
|So why this website?
Well, I, Gordon Gandy, hail from Warrington (you know,
where the M6 is cobbled). My interest in local history began when I was
given a copy of Warrington Hundred, a book published by the
Corporation of Warrington in 1947 to commemorate the centenary of the
incorporation of the Borough. I found this to be a fascinating read and
have treasured my copy ever since. In my final two years at school I
took Photography as one of my C.S.E. subjects (on good old film cameras
where we processed our photos in a darkroom - none of this digital stuff
back then in the 1970s, well not for the likes of me anyway).
When I left
school in 1979 I worked at Lowes (Warrington) Ltd, bookshop and
stationers, of 60-62 Sankey Street. During my eight months there a book
on old photos was published called Warrington As it Was. In the
mid-1990s I walked around the town centre to photograph the streets on
film. Since then I have taken
literally thousands of digital images of the town and thought it was a
good idea to
do something useful with them! I wanted to do what many had done in the
past - record the town's history for future generations to look back on.
But how would my interest in photography
and the history of the town come together in one project? And from what
angle? My big chance came when the Internet revolution arrived.
In 2001 I began
researching the town's history in a bit more detail. But again, I asked
myself "from what angle?" I had learned lots about the town in
my younger days and there were loads of great pictures of the old town,
but I wanted to do something different - an ongoing project to fill my
free time. I didn't want to write a book, so I thought - I'll take my
own photographs, write my own stories about the town, combine it with my
knowledge of the past and publish the results on a website. Over the
next four years I travelled round the town with my camera and notebook
to begin recording my hometown in my lifetime. I was so pleased
that I did because many of the scenes in my photographs are already part
of history and cannot be seen for real today due to redevelopment. I had
collected enough information to publish my findings, and so on
Thursday, 12 May 2005, the mywarrington website went live.
But it didn't
stop there. Because it is a website, I can keep adding bits to it as I
go. And some of the ideas have come from readers of the website. For
instance, the Memory Lane page was originally just the Memory Lane poem
which my dad helped to write, and I published it in his memory when he
passed away in 2008. But a reader suggested that I turn the page over to
readers' memories of life in the town, and that is what you see today.
I will continue
to feature many aspects of the town's
history in words and pictures, plus some of my personal memories of life
in the town. If you would like to send in your own memories, please use
the feedback link and indicate if you wish to share it with others. I will only
add your name if you want me to. Your comments are very welcome.
is meant to look like
me - the one standing
up, not the panda!
Actually, this is the
real me (above).
(Warrington) Ltd - the logo of the company where I had my first job and
where I first got the idea to record the town's history after the
publication of Warrington As It Was. My boss, Roland John
Tipping, retired from the business in 1990 when the shop ceased trading.
He passed away on 19 July 2014 aged 73. RIP John.
here's a bit of history on my name...
meaning of Gandy Recorded as Gandy, Gandey, and the very rare
Gandee and Gandie, which are probably extinct, this is an English
surname. Like the surnames Game, Games and Gammons, the origination is
from the pre 7th century word 'gamen', meaning game, and hence was a
nickname for a person (-day) who was good at games (gamen). It
is not easy to explain how over a period of some fifteen hundred year
'gamen' should become (for instance) Gandy, but during that period the
language passed through at least three distinct and complete changes,
which effected both spelling and dialect. This is in addition to the
French influence following the Norman Conquest of 1066, when for three
centuries thereafter, French was the official language of England and
most of Scotland. Briefly it may be summarised that the changes were
from Gamen which may well have been used as a personal name as well as a
nickname, to Gameday, with John Gameday being recorded in Suffolk,
apparently the centre of the surname, in the tax rolls of the year 1327.
Thereafter it changed again to Gandy or Gandey, with as an example,
Katherine Gandy marrying Thomas Munnes at the church of St Nicholas
Acons, in the city of London, on May 20th 1562. (Information
courtesy of www.surnamedb.com)
while I'm at it, here's some information on my first name, Gordon:
it is of Old English and Gaelic origin, meaning "large
fortification". Also possibly a place name meaning "hill near
meadows" or "triangular hill". It is also said to come
from the Scottish surname Gordon,
clan Gordon. The first Gordon on record is Richard of Gordon, previously
of Swinton, said to have been the grandson of a famous knight who slew
some monstrous animal in the Merse during the time of King Malcolm III
of Scotland. This Richard was Lord of the Barony of Gordon in the Merse.
Between 1150 and 1160 he granted from his estate a piece of land to the
Monks of St. Mary at Kelso, a grant which was confirmed by his son
Thomas Gordon. Alicia Gordon, IV of the Gordon family was the heiress
who married her cousin, Adam Gordon. Adam Gordon was a soldier who King
Alexander III of Scotland sent with King Louis of France to Palestine.
Adam's grandson, Sir Adam Gordon, supported Sir William Wallace in 1297
to recapture the Castle of Wigtown from the English and Adam was made
the Governor. He later supported Robert the Bruce. Read more in
my middle name Ian: it is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and
means "God is gracious". It is a variant of the name John.
Iain is the normal Scottish Gaelic spelling.
squirrel, left, was pointed out to me in Walton Hall Gardens by a small
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
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
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
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