welcome to mywarrington
my hometown in my lifetime
is a journey
through my hometown of Warrington,
Warrington Borough Council's
general enquiries number changed to (01925) 443322 on 2 April 2013.
A special study of how towns and
cities have developed during the past century has revealed
released in October 2013 show that 9.1 million people visited Warrington during
has a population of 202,228 (101,928 women and 100,300 men),
according to the 2011 Census.
Information reproduced in good faith. mywarrington accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies.
Warrington Bridges - 100 Years
2013 marks 100 years of two of Warrington's bridges - the opening of one and the start of construction for the other.
Also on the waterfront theme...
The story behind these photographs has been moved to the Manchester Ship Canal section of On The Waterfront 2.
The History page Timeline is now up to date. Catch up on events from 2013. Posted 21.11.2013.
New memories from Andrew Buxton added to the Legh Street Baths page. Posted 19.11.2013.
Update to RAF Burtonwood page to include photographs of St Alban's Church War Memorial on Bewsey Street (in Lest We Forget section). Posted 25.10.2013.
Can anybody remember the name of the Typing School that was located in a building, next to the Cenotaph, where hundreds of young girls were trained? A reader has posed this question and I don't know the answer.
New addition to the Community page - link to Anita Young's Painted Feather Studio website. Posted 15.10.2013.
Four new photos added to Hamilton Street page (photos 34-37), plus some names for Photo 29. Posted 15.10.2013.
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.
Some facts about Warrington:
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.
Primark is coming to Warrington
It was announced on 12 November 2012 that fashion retailer Primark will be coming to Warrington in 2013, taking a unit in Golden Square shopping centre. In a survey local people put Primark at the top of their list as the store they wished to have in the town. The store will occupy the former Littlewoods and the existing New Look units, which will combine to make way for the Primark store. New Look itself has already moved into a new unit within Golden Square next to H&M while Primark is prepared for its opening on Thu 5 December 2013.
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.
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
Many thanks to Philippe for updating
me with the exact date that Bewsey High School closed.
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 here.
Read about The Bridgewater Players drama group in Community.
IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT ME, CLICK HERE, OR ON THE BLUE PEN EMAIL LOGO AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF EACH PAGE
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 www.southwarringtonnews.com where you can download it for offline reading.
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.
I rode it in its first week. My special thanks go to the ride's owners, Jan de Koning Fun Fairs for their assistance.
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.
Read the story of The Winwick Pig in the History section.
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 2013. 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 www.warringtonpartnership.org.uk
The Parr Hall, seen 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.
Did you know: the Captain of the Titanic, Edward John
Smith, married his sweetheart Sarah
See the creative side of the young people of Dallam. Click
the link below and then go to
Have a look at Warrington in the smoky 70s! My Warrington page
TRANSPORT IN WARRINGTON
On The Buses - my history of buses in Warrington
and street scenes
old and new
Looking at the railways
Click the image
Cycle Museum at Walton Gardens
Click the image for the Events page
Also in Peter's Gallery:
photo by Peter of Crossville's old bus garage on Chester Road can be
viewed in the
BAWMING OF THE THORN
Read about this event, unique to
TOWN CENTRE WALKING TOURS
Updated for 2009
of the information in the Tours was reproduced from a series of books
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.
Cholmondeley Arms near
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
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.
How many of us remember these town centre shops from many
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.
|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.
|Lowes (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.|
|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 www.surnamedb.com)|
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.|
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 hasn't got a name yet. Any ideas?
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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