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Warrington is a large town borough and unitary authority area in Cheshire, England. It stands on the banks of the River Mersey, which is tidal to the west of the weir at Howley. The population of the borough of Warrington, including its 18 civil parishes, is around 194,000. Its population has more than doubled since its designation as a New Town in 1968.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey. A new settlement was established by the Saxons and by the Middle Ages, Warrington had emerged as a market town at an important bridging point. A local tradition of textile and tool production dates from this time.

The expansion and urbanisation of Warrington largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century.

The West Coast Mainline runs north to south through the town, and the Liverpool to Manchester railway (the Cheshire Lines route) west to east. The Manchester Ship Canal cuts through the south of the borough (west to east). The M6, M56 and M62 motorways form a partial box around the town.

People born (or living) in Warrington are known as "Warringtonians"cite web | url = http://smartnews.warrington.gov.uk/index.asp?37290 | title = "Tribute to famous Warringtonian Joseph Priestley" | publisher = Warrington Borough Council Smartnews. NB: In addition to verifying the notability of J Priestley, this reference demonstrates the use of the term "Warringtonian" | author = Gary Jenkins (Senior Communications Officer, Warrington Borough Council)] . The modern Borough of Warrington was formed in 1974 with the amalgamation of the former County Borough of Warrington, part of the Golborne Urban District, the Lymm Urban District, part of the Runcorn Rural District, the Warrington Rural District and part of the Whiston Rural District.


Warrington has been a major crossing point on the River Mersey since ancient times and there was a Roman settlement at Wilderspool [.Hinchcliffe J & Williams J H, ROMAN WARRINGTON: Excavations at Wilderspool 1966 - 9 & 1976,Brigantia Monograph No 2, Manchester University 1992 ] . In medieval times Warrington's importance was as a bridging point of the River Mersey, and it was a fulcrum in the English Civil War. The armies of Oliver Cromwell and the Earl of Derby both stayed near the old town centre (the parish church area). Popular legend has it that Cromwell lodged in the building which survives on Church Street as The Cottage Restaurant, though it is likely that the actual place was nearby, possibly next door. The Marquis of Granby public house bears a plaque stating that the Earl of Derby 'had his quarters near this site'. Dents in the walls of the parish church are rumoured to have been caused by the cannons from the time of the Civil War.

Industrial history

Warrington was a centre of steel (particularly wire), textiles, brewing, tanning and chemical industries. [Rylands, Rylands of Warrington, 1805-1955: The Story of Rylands Brothers Limited, Harley Publishing, 1956 ]

Heavy industry declined in the 1970s and 1980s but the growth of the new town around Warrington led to a great increase in employment in light industry, distribution and technology. Travel-to-work patterns are unusual, with many residents working outside the borough and many employees living elsewhere.

IRA bombing

On 20 March 1993, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) exploded two bombs in Warrington town centre. The blasts killed two children: three year old Jonathan Ball died instantly, and twelve year old Tim Parry died five days later in hospital. Their deaths provoked widespread condemnation of the organisation responsible. The blast followed a bomb attack a few weeks earlier on a gas storage plant in Warrington.

Tim Parry's father founded The Peace Centre (formerly the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Peace Centre) as part of a campaign to reconcile communities in conflict. The centre opened on the seventh anniversary of the bombing in 2000.

Other history

Warrington is notable in political history for being the first place to field a candidate for the then newly-formed Social Democratic Party; former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins stood for Parliament in 1981 but lost to Labour Party candidate Doug Hoyle by a small number of votes.

However, many people, particularly Americans, will remember Warrington best as the location of Burtonwood RAF base, one of (if not the) largest Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in England and the largest US Air Force base outside the United States. During World War II, Burtonwood was visited by major celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope who entertained the GIs. The base was closed in 1993.

There was a further RAF training camp at Padgate, a Royal Naval air base at Stretton and an army base at the Peninsula Barracks in O'Leary Street, now used by the Territorial Army.


Historically part of Lancashire, Warrington was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1847 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. Warrington acquired county borough status upon reaching a population of 50,000 in 1900 and until 1974 was known as the County Borough of Warrington. As part of proposed local government reforms of England, in 1969 the Redcliffe-Maud Report suggested merging Warrington with either Merseyside or Greater Manchester metropolitan counties. Lobbying by the borough council averted this. But, since these County boundary changes were to make Warrington non-contiguous with Lancashire, under the local government reforms of 1974, Warrington, incorporating Lymm Urban District and part of Runcorn Rural District from Cheshire, and part of Warrington Rural District, was made a borough within Cheshire County Council.

On April 1, 1998 Warrington became an independent unitary authority, though it is still served by Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and forms part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes, such as the Lord Lieutenancy. The current borders of Warrington Borough cover the former County Borough of Warrington, Lymm Urban District, Warrington Rural District and part of Golborne Urban District, part of Runcorn Rural District and part of Whiston Rural District. Warrington has applied unsuccessfully for city status, the most recent attempt being after the opening of the Peace Centre as a "City for Peace".

The political makeup of the borough council is as follows:
*9 Liberal Democrat Wards: Appleton, Grappenhall and Thelwall, Great Sankey North, Great Sankey South, Latchford West, Poulton North, Stockton Heath, Westbrook, Whittle Hall.
*7 Labour Wards: Birchwood, Burtonwood and Winwick, Fairfield & Howley, Latchford East, Orford, Poplars & Hulme, and Rixton & Woolston.
*2 Conservative wards: Culcheth, Glazebury & Croft, and Hatton, Stretton & Walton
*4 "split" wards: Bewsey and Whitecross (2 Liberal Democrat, 1 Labour), Lymm (2 Liberal Democrat, 1 Conservative), Penketh & Cuerdley (2 Conservative, 1 Labour), Poulton South (1 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat).

Current councillor party composition:

In spite of its proximity to significant retail areas in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and the out-of-town Trafford Centre, Warrington continues to have one of the larger shopping centres in North West England. Despite the competition, Warrington has seen an increase in its customer trade, due in part to the modernisation of the town centre. It has a shopping mall (Golden Square) first opened in 1974, which has been extended to include a Debenhams store, and a new bus station. The old Cockhedge Textile Mill was demolished and replaced by another shopping mall. The main shopping streets are Buttermarket Street, Horsemarket Street, Sankey Street and Bridge Street. Where these four streets intersect at Market Gate, there is an award-winning redevelopment with a large fountain and "guardians" (known locally as "the skittles") designed by Howard Ben Tré. The town also has a large indoor market, and several other small shopping malls, such as Hatters Row. In the surrounding modern suburbs, there are several shopping areas, from small groups of shops to malls such as Birchwood Mall. IKEA chose Warrington as the location for their first store when they came to the UK; the store is located in the large out-of-town shopping area of Gemini, which has a large Marks and Spencer (the biggest outside London), Toys "R" Us, and Next outlets.


Warrington is home to one of the most important strategic development projects in Europe in the Omega Development Site close to the M62. It will be a vibrant, active and sustainable business community which is to be developed in stages over the next 30 years. The site for this is the 575 acres of space on the former Burtonwood Airbase. The cost of this is set to reach £1billion.

Other developments in Warrington include the Wire Works on Winwick Street which is set to transform the gateway into the town centre with a mixture of retail, cafes, bars, apartments, and an 8-screen cinema.


The town has two main railway stations. Bank Quay is on the main West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow Central and the Manchester Piccadilly to North Wales via Chester line. Central is on the Liverpool to Manchester (via Widnes and Warrington) line with through services to the North East and to East Anglia. Bank Quay is much altered, but Central (built 1873) is of some architectural merit, featuring polychromatic brickwork. Both have undergone some refurbishment. There are also railway stations in the suburbs at Padgate, Sankey and Birchwood.

The town lies close to the M62, M6 and M56 motorways and midway between Liverpool and Manchester airports.

Warrington Borough Transport, one of the few municipal bus companies to survive in public ownership, runs most bus services within the town. First Group and Arriva Northwestern provide bus links to surrounding towns and cities such as Manchester, the Trafford Centre, Liverpool, St Helens, Runcorn, Widnes and Chester. A new real-time passenger information system has been installed. A new bus station known as Warrington Interchange opened in 2006 at the Golden Square Shopping Centre.

The River Mersey runs through the heart of the town dividing it in two. There are only two main thoroughfares crossing the Mersey in Warrington: at Bridge Foot and at the Kingsway Bridge. Before the M6 was built, these routes were very busy with through traffic.

The Manchester Ship Canal runs through the south of the town; three swing bridges and a high-level cantilever bridge provide crossing points, and another high-level crossing is planned downstream nearer to Runcorn. Although shipping movements on the ship canal are far less frequent than in years past, they can cause severe delay to local road traffic. The picturesque Bridgewater Canal runs through the borough from the scenic village of Lymm to Walton Hall and Gardens, a local park/leisure area.


.There is also ten-pin bowling located at Winwick Quay, and indoor paintball. An indoor karting centre is located near to Bank Quay. A Laser Quest arena and a snooker club can also be found in Warrington, both located close to the town centre. Gulliver's Theme Park is located in Old Hall.

A number of festivals, carnivals, and walking days are held annually in the Warrington area. Warrington Walking Day - originally a Sunday School festival - is held on the closest Friday to the last day of June, and the town centre is closed to traffic as churches walk together through the streets. [Forrest David, Warrington Walking Day: A Brief History]

Other festivals, besides the many walking days, include:
*Appleton Bawming of the Thorn
*Croft Carnival
*Culcheth Community Day
*Glazebury Gala
*Grappenhall Welly Wanging Competition
*Howley Carnival
*Lymm May Queen
*Lymm Dickensian Festival
*Newton-le-Willows Music Festival
*Penketh Carnival
*St George's Day Parade
*Thelwall Rose Queen
*Winwick Carnival
*Westy Carnival

Warrington also has many musical groups, including Warrington Male Voice Choir, Warrington Youth Orchestra and the North Cheshire Wind Orchestra.


Rugby League is the town's premier sports in the form of Warrington Wolves who are nicknamed "The Wire" because of Warrington's history of wire making. The club moved in 2003 to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, leaving its home for over a century, Wilderspool Stadium. Warrington Wolves are the only team to have played every season in the top flight of Rugby League. The town is also home to Warrington Wizards who play their home matches at Wilderspool Stadium. The Wizards are currently in the Rugby League Conference. Warrington is represented in the BARLA leagues by Crosfields ARLFC, Bank Quay Bulls ARLFC, Rylands ARFLC, Woolston Rovers ARLFC, Latchford Albion ARLFC, Burtonwood Bulldogs ARLFC and Westbrook Tigers ARLFC.

Football is represented by Warrington Town at Cantilever Park, next to the Manchester Ship Canal. The club has several nicknames including Town, Yellows, Wire and Warriors. Warrington Town are currently in the Northern Premier League Division One North.

Liverpool FC Reserves also play in Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Warrington Athletic Club is based at Victoria Park, where a new eight-lane synthetic track was built in 1998, after the original track was destroyed in a fire the previous year.

Speedway racing, formerly known as Dirt Track racing was staged in Warrington in its pioneering era between 1928 and 1930. The track entered a team in the 1929 English Dirt Track League and the 1930 Northern league. Efforts to revive the venue in 1947 failed to materialise.


Warrington is home to two colleges: Priestley Sixth Form and Community College and Warrington Collegiate. The University of Chester has a campus at Padgate that was formerly part of Warrington Collegiate. Most of the high schools have their own post-16 provision (sixth-form).

The high schools throughout the borough are located at:Birchwood, Culcheth, Appleton (known as Bridgewater High School Warrington), two in Latchford (Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School and Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic High School), Sankey, Lymm, Padgate, Penketh, Westbrook (St. Gregory's Roman Catholic High School), Orford (William Beamont High School), and Woolston [from Warrington Borough Council's Community Information Resource] . Woolston High School is to be closed in 2012.

There are also 74 primary schools in the borough, all of which feed into at least one of the above. [Count from Warrington Borough Council's community Information resource] .


Sites of interest in Warrington include:
*The Town Hall (and its golden gates), formerly the home of the Philips family, Bank Hall (built 1750), and their scion, Nathaniel George Philips, the artist. [cite web | url=http://www.warrington.gov.uk/Leisureandculture/Localhistoryandheritage/Town_Hall_Guide.aspx | title=Town Hall Guide | publisher = Warrington Borough Council | year=2007 | accessdate=2007-05-23]
*The Academy, a dissenters' institute where Joseph Priestley taught and which is now, after being moved from its original location, the offices of a local newspaper.
*"Cromwell's Cottage" (17th century), which Oliver Cromwell is said to have visited.
*The 14th century Parish Church of St Elphin, largely a Victorian rebuild with a convert|281|ft|m|sing=on spire, the sixth largest in the UK.
*St Wilfrid's Church, Grappenhall, Grade I listed medieval church.
*St Oswald's Church, Winwick, Grade I listed medieval church.
*Holy Trinity Church, 1758, Grade II* listed Georgian church at Market Gate.
*St Ann's Church, 1869, Grade II* church designed by John Douglas, now a rock climbing centre.
*St Mary's Church, Grade II church designed by E. W. Pugin and Peter Paul Pugin in Buttermarket.
*Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Grade II listed building and one of the oldest municipal museums in the UK.
*The row of late Victorian terracotta shops on Bridge Street. [cite web | url=http://www.warrington.gov.uk/Images/6_Bridge_St_tcm31-3124.pdf | title=Bridge StreetConservation Area | publisher = Warrington Borough Council | year=2000 | accessdate=2007-05-23]
*The Woolworth's Building in Sankey Street (at least the upper storeys).
*The Art Deco style Synergy nightclub which was originally a large cinema.
*The industrial modernist Unilever Soapworks.
*The Cheshire Lines railway warehouse, now redeveloped as apartments.
*The Warrington Transporter Bridge, a listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. [English Heritage] .
*The Barley Mow, established in 1561, the oldest pub in Warrington.
*The Parr Hall, home to one of the few remaining Cavaillé-Coll organs.
*Fiddlers Ferry Power Station
* The Halliwell Jones Stadium home of Warrington Wolves
*Bewsey Old Hall, a rebuilt medieval manor house.
*IKEA store which is located near the Gemini retail park. The first of the IKEA chain to be built in the UK. [cite web | url =http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1240464,00.html |title = Ikea: The History | publisher= The Guardian | year=2004 | accessdate=2007-05-23]

Notable residents

*18th century free-thinker and scientist Joseph Priestley lived and taught in Warrington, at the Academy.
*William Beamont was a Victorian solicitor and local philanthropist who founded several churches and the municipal library, the first rate-aided library in the UK. [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; William Beamont diaries in Warrington Library; [http://www.warrington.gov.uk/Councilanddemocracy/Councillorsdemocracyandelections/mayor/history.aspx]
*Entertainer George Formby (Junior) lived for many years in Warrington and is buried in Warrington Cemetery, with his father George Formby (Senior), also an entertainer. [ [http://archive.thisischeshire.co.uk/1996/11/1/252140.html Retrieval Date: August 23, 2008 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Formby&GSfn=George&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GScntry=5&GSob=n&GRid=1228& Retrieval Date: August 23, 2008]
*First class cricketer George Duckworth was born in Warrington and played Test cricket for England. He played first class cricket for Lancashire between 1923 and 1947. [cite web |url=http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/11946.html |author= |title=George Duckworth player profile |publisher=Cricinfo.com |accessdate=2007-10-16]
*First class cricketer Neil Fairbrother was born in Warrington and played Test cricket for England. [cite web |url=http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/12803.html |author= |title=Neil Fairbrother player profile |publisher=Cricinfo.com |accessdate=2007-10-16]
*The late William Norman, VC (1832-1896), a local war hero, was born in Warrington. [ [http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/manchest.htm List of VC holders buried in Manchester.] www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk. Retrieval Date: May 7, 2008.]
*George Sampson, dancer and winner of Britain's Got Talent in 2008. [cite web
url =http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jLv-DLR9hI1D8PZ60oapDmgOpAIQ
title = Breakdancer wins TV talent contest
accessdate = 2008-05-31
publisher = The Press Association
*DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans was born and grew up in Warrington.citeweb|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/chris-evans-life-story-681299.html|title=Chris Evans: Life Story|publisher=2001-04-14|accessdate=2008-10-08]

Twin towns

*flagicon|Germany Hilden, Germany
*flagicon|Czech Republic Náchod, Czech Republic

ee also

*List of parks in Warrington
*Warrington Dock


External links

* [http://www.warrington.gov.uk Warrington Borough Council]
* [http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk Warrington Guardian]
* [http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk Warrington Worldwide Online Newspaper]
* [http://www.wirefm.com 107.2 Wire FM]
* [http://www.warringtonwolves.com Warrington Wolves]
* [http://www.goldengateshousing.org.uk Golden Gates Housing]
* [http://www.warrington.pl Polish community in Warrington]

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