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


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

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,
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The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic

On 19 January 1854 the Tayleur, a large Warrington-built merchant vessel, left Liverpool for Australia; packed with hopeful emigrants, her hold stuffed with cargo. On the 160th anniversary of the disaster, Gill Hoffs reveals new theories behind the disaster and tells the stories of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated vessel:

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Captain John Noble, record breaking hero of the Gold Rush era.

Ship surgeon Robert Hannay Cunningham and his young family, on their way to a new life among the prospectors of Tent City.

Samuel Carby, ex-convict, returning to the gold fields with his new wife – and a fortune sewn into her corsets.
But the ship's revolutionary iron hull prevented its compasses from working. Lost in the Irish Sea, a storm swept the Tayleur and the 650 people aboard towards a cliff, studded with rocks 'black as death'. What happened next shocked the world.
The book is available from Waterstones and WHSmith in Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington, or direct from the publishers

Pen & Sword books

Hardback 160 pages ISBN: 9781783030477 Published: 15 January 2014

See also Gill's website:

Gill Says: LOOK what a reader made me! A JIGSAW OF THE SHIP!! The people I’ve met as a result of this book have been really lovely. I’ll treasure this always (and keep it away from a certain 7-year-old and his permanent markers). Posted 15.8.15

mywarrington photo exhibition

WARRINGTON website editor Gordon Gandy has been invited to show case the mywarrington website in Warrington Market.

Market manager Steve Pickering, who is passionate about Warrington and it’s history, invited Gordon to present a display of photographs in the market as part of Love Your Local Market fortnight.

The theme was Warrington through the ages and so Gordon compiled a selection of photographs from his own collection and from Peter Spilsbury’s of Birchwood. They depict the changing times in Warrington town centre from the 1960s to the present day.

Gordon, who hails from Dallam, set up the mywarrington website in May 2005 after a series of mental health problems and used the project to stimulate himself back to health.

In 2013 he was invited into Radio Warrington to chat about his work and soon after station manager Steve Lewis invited him to join the presentation team on Warrington’s community radio station.

He now presents two shows a week and co-presents two others. The mywarrington website, which Steve Lewis describes as being perfect for use on community radio, features in one of Gordon’s shows.

Apart from promoting the market and the radio station, Gordon wishes to use the exhibition to invite Warrington people to write down their memories to share on the website and even to record them in an audio format to play out on Radio Warrington.
If you wish to take part, visit the exhibition and meet Gordon or email him on

Warrington Civic Society

Warrington 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 and email the group on

New addition to Entertaining People section of the website:
Sonya Hurst, talented Warrington singer/songwriter

Sonya Hurst (Singer/Songwriter) 1986-

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With a range of experience including performing as a solo artist in pubs, clubs, holiday camps and events she also enjoys performing in residential homes. Her repertoire covers all styles of music, country/pop/jazz/rock/gospel and she is classically trained to grade 8 with the ABRSM (the exam board of the Royal School of Music).

Sonya left college in 2004 with a triple grade distinction in music practice and went on to perform dinner music and some session singing/backing vocals in her spare time, while continuing to write songs and play keyboard. She is currently performing in a boy/girl duo while working on recording some of her own music. Her music will be available soon on CD. And she is planning a tour hopefully as soon as 2016.

Sonya, who has two sons, is desperate to get over to sing in America to fulfil her lifelong dream and is hoping to have enough money to fly there by the end of September 2015. She is working hard raising money herself by gigging and selling her single “Emily” on I-Tunes and Amazon.

“The most exciting part of all this for me is that people all over the world are listening to songs I have written myself!” said Sonya. “It’s very surreal to think that people in Australia and America are hearing my songs on the radio. I have always dreamt of going to Nashville and my biggest ambition as a young girl was to sing at the Grand ole Opry. I love country music and always have. I was inspired by people like LeAnn Rimes and grew up listening to Charlie Landsborough and Patsy Cline. Now I'm enjoying being able to do what I love most and my goal is to keep on doing that."

Sonya visited on 15 May 2015 to promote her single "Emily", which is now available to download on i-Tunes and Amazon. It was also the very first interview to be broadcast from the station's new studios in Warrington Market. A bit of history in itself - Sonya and Gordon live! Check out Sonya on Facebook. She also has a fan club page there too.

 If you wish to support Sonya on her fundraiser to go to Nashville, visit

The target is £1,500

What's New?

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.

A reader has asked if anybody can remember who the first headmaster/headmistress of Dallam County Primary school was. The school opened on 24 April 1953. Let me know if you have the answer.    Posted 16.1.2014.

More updates coming soon...

Community Announcement

Community Announcement

New multi-use games area for Dallam

 The improvements will include facilities for basketball, 5 a side football and netball. Partners will be working together to put on a range of activities for all age groups in the community, to enhance the area and help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. 

The games area was funded through the council’s capital programme through parks and open spaces, and the transformation is part of a wider project to redevelop and to revitalise the area, called The ‘Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam’ project.

Senior councillors, ward councillors, and officers were joined by young people from Youth Voices of Warrington on site on Tuesday 17 February to mark the start of the work. 

Executive board member for leisure community and culture, Cllr Kate Hannon, said: “Access to and use of these facilities by all members of the community will have a positive impact on local young people and families as they become involved in sports.”

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “By helping to make sport more accessible to the community, not only will the health and wellbeing of residents be improved but so will community spirit and cohesion.” 

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Dallam Recreation Ground The new facility under construction Longshaw Street Play Area

The work is also part of the wider Grey to Green environmental improvement initiative which will see works to upgrade Dallam recreational ground, Bewsey Meadows, alongside highway improvements to Longshaw Street and much more. This is being spearheaded through the ‘Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam’ project headed by Warrington Borough Council and Warrington Partnership. 

Look out for the opening event of the games area in March. If you want any further info please contact Deborah McArdle, senior partnership and project manager on 01925 442149 or email


The new multi-use game area will complement the existing Longshaw Street Play Area on the opposite side of the road alongside the former St Mark's Church of England building (pictured above, right). It also fits in nicely with the changing rooms already in use from June 2013 by groups such as Bank Quay Bulls rugby league team. My request to Warrington Borough Council is to consider a zebra crossing between the two play areas, as this was not included when the Longshaw street Play Area opened in November 2013. (March 2015)


Vintage with Grace

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Rachael Reardon

Warrington Market

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The above items are for sale. Call at Rachael's stall on Warrington Market

A Community Announcement

Warrington Market is part of a four year redevelopment programme. But please note that the current building will stay in use as a market for the next TWO YEARS. Like the Windmill Theatre in the war, Warrington Market won't close.

Please note, however, that Time Square will be the first section of the site to be demolished, starting April 2015, and as such the car park alongside closed on 16 March. Alternative parking is available in the multi-storey car park alongside the market on Mersey Street with lifts and a link bridge to the market.

Anyway, the market can't change yet anyway - Radio Warrington has just invested loads of money building our new studios in there! We will also be going onto AM broadcasting later in the year. Can't tell you the frequency yet because Ofcom could still change it. They do things like that! SO IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL AT WARRINGTON MARKET! Once Time Square is demolished, a temporary market structure will be built and we will all move into that in about TWO YEARS TIME and business will continue as normal for the traders and customers.

Then, in 2017 the existing market building will be demolished, plus the main part of the Howard Buildings (the former Boots store on Bridge Street) and then they will build the permanent market fronting Bridge Street with the listed front of the Howard Buildings featured in the structure.

Next, we will all move into the new permanent market and they will use the temporary market structure for another unit, and build the cinema, restaurants, cafés, council offices and open square. At no time will Warrington Market stop trading - the council has a duty of care to look after the market traders. The project will be completed in 2019.


So do those rumour-mongers get it now? The Market is NOT closing.


Now read on to see what it will all look like!

Market traders prepare to move as part of £52 million Bridge Street regeneration scheme


WORK will start on the £52 million regeneration of Warrington town centre's Bridge Street quarter early in 2015. The
plans involve moving the town's current town centre market 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 development.
When open in 2018 the new market hall will incorporate the magnificent Grade 2 listed former Boots building façade
on Bridge Street as one of its entrances. Read more at Warrington-Worldwide.


How the Howard Buildings on Bridge Street will be transformed
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

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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.

Send email responses to

Harrison Square Dallam

Regeneration Project

On 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 retail experience. harrison_square_redevelopment__150211_01.JPG (135040 bytes)
Publicity notice pushed through resident's doors General view
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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).

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The retail units
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Plan of the
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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'.

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Housing plan Houses and bungalows Views of the street Views from Longshaw Street
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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 change this.

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. 

mywarrington is not connected to nor endorsed by any of the above-mentioned
organisations and I have received no fee for reproducing this information.

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 Road was
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 Warrington every
Thursday and Friday lunchtime from 12 till 3.

Warrington's media organisations

Radio Warrington Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.
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Since 2007
South Warrington News   Your local free newspaper Since 1993
Warrington Worldwide The online daily newspaper Since 1999
Warrington Guardian Local news Since 1853
Wire FM Today's best mix Since 1998

RRRRe-vamp 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 for more

6 Legh Street,
Steven Davidson
07813 633143
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Lizard Inc Records is an independent retailer in second hand vinyl
Steven opened the shop in March 2014.

Find him on Facebook

And don't forget Head in Golden Square for
sales of vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, games and books.
They also have a Facebook presence.

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 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.

Three 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  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.

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If you have memories of either working or shopping at any of the three stores, then get in touch
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 your convenience.

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.

Figures released in October 2013 show that 9.1 million people visited Warrington during 2012.
The report says that the tourism industry in Warrington employs 6,000 people directly and indirectly.

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

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 E.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.
Jim Hancock (ex-BBC northwest political editor), former Liverpool footballer Roger Hunt and Matthew Corbett (of The Sooty Show fame) all live in the town.
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.

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.

The community
radio station
for Warrington.
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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 should launch in late 2015.

Radio Warrington - Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.

DJKenny has his own website

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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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.


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

Read about The Bridgewater Players drama group in Community.

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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
The Heritage Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am to 5pm
near Gulliver's World theme park in Westbrook.


South 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 where you can download it for offline reading.

Also check the two other newspaper organisations in the town: Warrington Worldwide and the Warrington Guardian.

Radio Warrington - Proud to be at the Heart of Your Community. Online. On your smartphone. 24 hours a day.

Wire 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 Wigan.

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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.

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.

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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.


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 See CLASSIC MOTOR SHOWS page for more

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Read the story of The Winwick Pig in the History section.

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The Future

Warrington Borough Council have announced a new plan for the Time Square and market areas, along with the areas around the River Mersey at Bridge Foot. Work is expected to begin in 2014 or 2015. Warrington Partnership was formed in 2001 and is the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for Warrington. It is a collection of key public, private and third sector organisations from across Warrington that develop plans and work together to help improve and shape Warrington's future. It has produced a document entitled 'One Warrington: One Future'. The document sets out their vision for the future of Warrington from 2009 to 2030. Read more at

A group called Theatre 4 Warrington wished to convert the former Mr Smiths nightclub into a theatre. However, Mr Smiths reopened as a nightclub in the spring of 2008. The nightclub has since been renamed: Synergy first, and now Halo from November 2008 until it closed down in 2010. It  reopened in October 2011, again as Mr Smiths, after new management purchased the venue by auction. The venue was demolished in April 2015 after a fire which gutted the whole building. Theatre 4 Warrington are still looking for a venue. And in conversation with one of the construction workers at Golden Square on 1st June 2006 he complimented the improved nightlife in the town. He says he goes to Liverpool one weekend and comes to Warrington the next, staying overnight at a local guesthouse. Praise indeed!

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The Parr Hall, seen above, right in this photo from 4 November 2005, opened in 1895 and still attracts major artists to the town. But some residents felt it was due for an upgrade. This has now happened with a £1.2 million investment.


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On the Waterfront


complementing Warrington Green. Click here for On The Waterfront


If you are in Warrington Market, have a look at the video screens. The traders have made their own adverts which show throughout the day. They were featured on BBC Northwest Tonight on Wednesday 14 March 2007, going live the next day. See Warrington Market page for more on the market's history.


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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

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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

Transporter Bridge


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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 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


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


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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



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


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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.

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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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So why this website?

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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. 

The caricature, below,
is meant to look like
me - the one standing
up, not the panda!
Actually, this is the
real me (above). 

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And here's a bit of history on my name...
The 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

And 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, especially the 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 Wikipedia.

Finally, 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.
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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!


DISCLAIMER. This website,, is a personal collection of photographs, stories and reports about my home town of Warrington (Lancashire), Cheshire, England, past and present. It also features written and photographic contributions from readers and official sources, used with permission and credited as appropriate. This website is not connected to, nor endorsed by, any charitable or non-profit group, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Borough Transport (Network Warrington), Golden Square shopping centre, Bovis Lend Lease, Warrington Wolves, Galliford Try, or any other companies or agents mentioned, whether public or private, commercial or non-commercial, including any other website or online service. Unless otherwise stated, all text and images are Copyright © Gordon I Gandy and may not be reproduced without permission, including other websites. I am happy for educational establishments to make use of the content in lessons, lectures and homework - no need to ask permission in those circumstances. I will not publish locations or private email addresses of respondents online (unless you specifically request me to - some readers have asked for that so old friends can contact them). PLEASE NOTE THAT I ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER FOR SPAM or other problems occurring due to a reader requesting their private email address to be displayed on this website. INCLUSION IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. Also note that I will NOT give out an email address of a contributor to anybody who asks for it. If you need to make contact I will be happy to forward your email and/or email address to that person, and by doing so you accept that you have given me permission to forward your email and/or email address to them, and for that person to make their own decision about contacting you. However, that is NOT an invitation to create a forwarding email facility. mywarrington is not responsible for the content of external websites or online services. I do not provide a research or search facility for family trees or similar and email requests of this nature will be ignored. The views and comments expressed on this website are my own, unless otherwise stated. All content is edited and controlled by myself. Any errors on the website will be corrected as soon as possible. Gordon I Gandy, Thursday 12 May 2005, as updated Thursday 21 March 2013.

Website created by Gordon I Gandy. Copyright © 2005-Present, Gordon I Gandy (mywarrington).

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Apologies to non-broadband visitors if images take a little while to load. Please be patient.
(I've been there - for the first two years of this site being online I struggled with dial-up to upload the pages!)

Welcome to mywarrington

Wild weather...flash floods...down to global warming?...if so, I have the answer...let's all go back to living in caves and searching for food with spears...any offers to go first?...I didn't think so...and if it's down to us using up the planet's resources to make the technology and gadgets, then you are as guilty as I am for coming here to read this in the first place...

Special request from me.

Over the coming months I will be updating the Timeline with more information. What I haven't got on my file are any events that happened in Warrington on Leap Year Day, i.e. 29 FEBRUARY - for any year gone by. Can YOU help by pointing me in the right direction? Maybe you were born in Warrington on that date. If you can help with events and can supply a genuine reference - a scan of a document or link to an external website, etc - I will be very grateful. I have something for the other 365 days on the calendar in Warrington's history, but not Leap Year Day. By the way, the next Leap Year Day is 2016, and it's a Monday. Thanks.


Warrington - A Town of Many Industries

mywarrington - created by Gordon I Gandy
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The mywarrington Radio Show every Thursday lunchtime between 12 and 3 on Radio Warrington.

I also present the Friday Lunchtime Show with James Little between 12 and 3 on Radio Warrington.

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