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Company, meaning all profits have to reinvested in the company. It was
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introduction to the company here
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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.
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.
New application to have historic Raven Inn listed
new application has been submitted to Historic England, to have the
historic Raven Inn at Glazebury, Warrington, listed.
application was not accepted, with no right of appeal unless new
evidence could be unearthed, for a fresh application. This latest
submission by American based history enthusiast Van Hostetler, contains
fascinating new evidence.
is extremely detailed with case made for this rare survivor’s
importance to Lancashire and within a national context. It
contains new historic information and further attempts to demonstrate
group value as desired by Historic England.
interesting are images which indicate that the Raven Inn, clearly shown
on the 1786 Yates Map, had former functions both as an agricultural barn
and as a water mill.
indicates that the building now housing the Raven Inn is much older than
previously documented and that it exhibits new evidence of prior
agricultural and milling functions.
Prior agricultural use is shown by a brick
pitching hole clearly seen in its gable in a 1926 photograph. The
existence of this pitching hole dictates the former placement of a
loading ramp for wagons on the east side of the building’s second
1843 Ordnance Survey maps also indicate past function as a water mill.
It is shown that a mill pond existed adjacent the building. This mill
pond was connected to the existing (now covered) mill race which runs
along the front of the building.
The above findings support medieval origins for
the Raven Inn as well as the listed buildings found on the furlongs to
its north and south. Its placement shows it to be older than previously
Ordinance Survey from  shows that the Raven Inn was formerly a
water mill. Despite some alteration, architectural integrity is retained
to a significant degree. This is the most intact structure to survive
upon the medieval Holcroft estate and is in much better condition than
any of the adjacent listed Holcroft structures. The building still
exhibits its original foundation, original brickwork, original mill
race, and underneath added overlays, likely its original pitching holes
and original timber frame.
evidence of its prior functions is considered, the Raven Inn is likely
much older than previously thought. No other structure in the area can
illustrate multiple ties to the feudal estate system of old Lancashire
in quite the way this one can. Much more must be learned about its
history and thus, this asset must be protected.
This is the most
intact structure to survive upon the medieval Holcroft estate and is in
much better condition than any of the adjacent listed Holcroft
campaigners, who have successfully had the pub Listed as an Asset of
Community Value by Warrington Borough Council and put in a bid to buy
the building, have adopted an effigy of Colonel Blood as their mascot
by. It is believed the pub was built by Holcroft family in 1562
providing direct links with Colonel Thomas Blood, and King Henry VIII
and Anne Boleyn via the Holcroft family. As
manorial lords existing as far back as the 13th century, they achieved
notoriety through the marriage of their daughter Maria to Colonel Thomas
Blood, an Irish adventurer.
|Thomas Blood served
with Cromwell in Ireland and when he was stationed in south Lancashire
the wedding took place at nearby Newchurch Parish Church on the 21st
June 1650. A turbulent life of political intrigue was marked by a failed
attempt to steal the Crown Jewels, when Thomas was imprisoned in the
White Tower before trial. Surprisingly he was pardoned and eventually
became a favourite of King Charles II, dying at his Westminster home in
|Many thanks to Gary at Warrington
Worldwide for permission to use his report here. 22 June 2021.
Photographs are ©
Gordon I Gandy / mywarrington.me.uk except, Thomas Blood image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Blood.png
(G. Scott, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
to Warrington Rylands in their 3-2 victory over Binfield FC in the FA
Vase Final at Wembley Stadium on 22 May 2021. A hat trick from Elliott
Nevitt securing the win for Rylands. The match was broadcast live on BT
Sport. Read a report at Warrington
|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 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
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.
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 - From the town, for the town.
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
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
ON EMAIL OR FEMAIL TO CONTACT ME
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.
A JOURNEY ALONG THE RIVERS
AND CANALS OF WARRINGTON
Green. Click here
for On The Waterfront
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.
ON EMAIL OR FEMAIL TO CONTACT ME
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.
(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.
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
This website, www.mywarrington.me.uk,
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
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