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mywarrington is a journey through my hometown of Warrington, northwest England, featuring photographs, stories and memories

The Tiger Too building in the centre (above) was originally called The Packet House Inn and served as the ticket office for passengers travelling to Liverpool from this point, but long before the current road layout. In those times other buildings stood between the pub and the river. One such building was the Railway pub, which was later known as the British Workman. A Package Stage is shown on the maps at the turn of the 20th century just east of the bridge. Other pubs associated with waterways or the sea in the area included The Seven Stars (presumable named after the seven stars of The Plough used by ships for navigation), The Higher Seven Stars, the Mermaid and The Ship.

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!).

Walton Hall