Visit Chester and Cheshire

Visit Chester and Cheshire

Cheshire's Rural Escapes are not far away

Cheshire's Rural Escapes are not far away

  • 200,000 reasons to make a visit 
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

    Natural sciences, antiquities, social history, decorative arts and an extensive local photographic archive ....

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  • Set in Beautiful Parkland  
    Castle Park Arts Centre 

    Visit the historic town of Frodsham and enjoy three galleries, craft units, coffee shop ....

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  • Mad Hatters Tea Party 
    Davenports Farm Shop & Tea Rooms 
    17th July 2016 

    Why not Book a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea and have a wacky experience at Davenports Tea Room ....

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  • FoAM AGM, Quiz and Supper 
    Comberbach Memorial Hall 
    16th May 2016 

    The Friends of Anderton & Marbury's AGM with a quiz and Supper ....

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  • Nature Tots Forest School 
    Northwich Woodlands 
    19th April 2016 - 31st May 2016 

    Encouraging young children to explore nature and the environment in a creative way ....

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  • Sophie Rosa & Benjamin Powell Recital 
    Grange Theatre 
    15th May 2016 

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Widnes

Widnes is mentioned as early as 1200, the name meaning wide promontory. It lies on the north bank of the River Mersey and prior to reorganisation in 1974 was in Lancashire.

The industrial revolution had its beginnings in Widnes between 1714 and 1830 and the birth of the chemical industry was between 1830 and 1865. It was once one of the most heavily polluted towns in the country and if you fell in the Mersey you were take immediately to hospital for treatment!  Today the chemical industry has changed and parts of the river are even developed for wildlife preservation.

The making of Sankey Brook navigable for coal barges from St Helens to Sankey Bridges was particularly significant. The Sankey Navigation Canal arrived in Widnes in 1833. The canal and the railway terminated at Spike Island.  The name is probably derived from the word for the cheap boarding houses that had sprung up in the area.

A new dock was built with sidings enabling easy transfer of coal from railway to sailing flats. By 1855, Spike Island was the centre of the new chemical industry.  Spike Island is now a waterside park with anchorage for fishing boats and a heritage trail.

The Catalyst Museum is the museum of the chemical industry and was opened in 1989.  Science comes alive through a host of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays.

Widnes station has a plaque recalling that while waiting for a train, Paul Simon wrote the words of the song ‘Homeward bound, I wish I was’ – an understandable sentiment in the old Widnes!

Cheshire Best Kept Stations is supported by Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Cheshire Crimebeat, Northern Rail, Vigin Trains and Network Rail