Exploring Warrington

Resting by the side of the River Mersey is the large town of Warrington in Cheshire. The town is so large that there are eighteen different civil parishes. In 1968 it was named as a New Town and it has doubled in size since then. Warrington has been a settlement for both the Romans and Saxons, built as a market town.

Steadily throughout time it has become known for creating tools to help in the textile industry. The town grew during the Industrial Revolution, when both people and industry arrived at the location. It has, in the past, brought many settlers as it was known as a major crossing over the Mersey.

Oliver Cromwell’s army stayed near the location, as did that of the Earl of Derby during the Civil War years. Cromwell is supposed to have stayed where the Cottage Restaurant is situated, on Church Street. A plaque is available to view at the houses of the Marquis of Granby, claiming the Earl of Derby stayed there.

The dents in the parish church walls are said to be from cannon fire during the Civil War Battle that was fought there. How impressive is that for somewhere you could visit? Historians believe that the first people to have settled here would have been from the Bronze Age, which means there have been many communities would have settled in and around the area.

The stone bridge, built to allow people to cross the Mersey, dates back to 1495 and it is believed that there has been a market in Warrington since about 1255 a.d., when the population would have been about 700 people. The 7th Baron of Warrington granted a charter for the town to hold a market, also a three day fair that is held once each year.