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 Stoke 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.
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.
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 Stoke 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 Stoke 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, Stoke, 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. 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.
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.
Stoke 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.
We have a wide range of hummer limousines, 4x4 limos, stretched limo's and a high school musical themed limousine, all of which are great for high school proms in warrington, and school proms in cheshire, though from past experience all limousines for proms in our area get booked up very quickly so plan ahead and book at least 6 months in advance.
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.
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 281-foot (86 m) 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.
The row of late Victorian terracotta shops on Bridge Street.
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.
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.