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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  • Friends of Anderton & Marbury Photographic Exhibition 
    Comberbach Memorial Hall 
    11th March 2017 

    Come and see the Exhibition of photographs submitted for FoAM’s Competition in 2016 ....

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  • Marbury Hall History Walk 
    Marbury Country Park 
    15th April 2017 

    Take a short walk around the area of Marbury Country Park where the great Marbury Hall once stood ....

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  • Ladies Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop 
    25th February 2017 

    In aid of The NeuroMuscular Centre ....

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  • Charity Fashion Show 
    Winnington Park Recreation Club 
    28th February 2017 

    Northwich Ladies Circle are holding a charity fashion show to raise funds for local charity 'Tiny Steps' .....

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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