29 Facts About Warrington


Warrington is a town and unparished area in the borough of the same name in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Mersey.

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Warrington is the largest town in the ceremonial county of Cheshire.

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Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey.

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Town of Warrington is within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire and the expansion and urbanisation of Warrington coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century.

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Warrington has been a major crossing point on the River Mersey since ancient times and there was a Roman settlement at Wilderspool.

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In medieval times Warrington's importance was as a market town and bridging point of the River Mersey.

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Warrington was the first paved town in Lancashire, which took place in 1321.

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

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Warrington was the location of the Burtonwood RAF base and Risley Ordnance Factory.

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Warrington was designated a new town in 1968 and consequently the population grew in size, with many of the town's new residents moving from Liverpool or Manchester, with the Birchwood area being developed on the former ROF Risley site.

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In 1981, Warrington was the first place to field a candidate for the new Social Democratic Party: former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins stood for Parliament but lost to Labour Party candidate Doug Hoyle by a small number of votes.

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On 1 April 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.

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Warrington has applied unsuccessfully for city status, the most recent attempt being after the opening of the Peace Centre as a "City for Peace".

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In 2017, Warrington made an unsuccessful bid to become UK City of Culture for 2021, failing to make the shortlist.

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Borough of Warrington contains 18 parish councils as well as a central unparished area .

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Borough of Warrington is bordered by Halton, Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East boroughs in the ceremonial county of Cheshire and by the metropolitan boroughs of Trafford, Salford and Wigan in Greater Manchester and St Helens in Merseyside.

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Borough of Warrington is subdivided into 18 civil parishes and various suburbs of the central town of Warrington, which is an unparished area:.

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Warrington has a temperate maritime climate with warm summers and cool winters.

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Warrington is within a green belt region that extends into the wider surrounding counties, and is in place to reduce urban sprawl, prevent the towns in the nearby Manchester and Merseyside conurbations from further convergence, protect the identity of outlying communities, encourage brownfield reuse, and preserve nearby countryside.

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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.

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Warrington has a concert hall, an arts centre, three museums, and various public libraries throughout the borough.

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Warrington has a purpose-built concert hall, the Parr Hall, which houses a large and internationally famous concert pipe-organ made by the great nineteenth-century French organ-builder Aristide Cavaille-Coll.

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Warrington has an array of open spaces, including parks, trails, nature reserves and gardens rich in history and visual beauty.

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Warrington is home to other small parks and open spaces such Woolston park, Birchwood forest park and Bank park.

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Warrington RLFC are the only team to have played every season in the top flight of rugby league.

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Warrington is represented in the British Amateur Rugby League Association leagues by:.

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Warrington Town are currently in the Northern Premier League Premier Division following promotion in 2016.

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Warrington drew Exeter City of the fourth tier, who were at the time of the game 100 places above the Yellows.

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Warrington has four predominant rugby union teams: Warrington RUFC, Lymm RFC, Gentlemen of Moore RUFC and Eagle RUFC, who are based at Thornton Road.

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