mywarrington 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 west of Manchester 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”.
I didn’t know 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.
Warrington had a castle at Mote Hill, close to the Parish Church.
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 Edmund G. Hornby (Liberal) in 1832.
The first ever Lancashire county cricket match was played in Warrington in 1864.
Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott once worked at the Patten Arms hotel as a commis chef.
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!).