Warrington (city), Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Warrington history, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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History[edit | edit source]

Coat of arms of Warrington
Warrington location in the England
Warrington flag

Historically, Warrington was in Lancashire, although in 1972, Warrington it was moved to the County of Cheshire. Warrington is a large town and unitary authority area on the banks of the River Mersey, 20 miles (32 km) east of Liverpool, and 20 miles (32 km) west of Manchester.

Warrington has been a major crossing point on the River Mersey since ancient times and there was in earlier times a Roman settlement at Wilderspool. Local archaeological evidence indicates that there were Bronze Age settlements also. In medieval times Warrington's importance was as a market town and bridging point of the River Mersey. The first reference to a bridge at Warrington is found in 1285. The origin of the modern town was located in the area around St Elphin's Church, now included in the Church Street Conservation Area, whilst the main river crossing was via a ford approximately 1 km upriver of Warrington Bridge.

Warrington was a fulcrum town in the English Civil War. The armies of Oliver Cromwell and the Earl of Derby both stayed near the old town center (the parish church area). Popular legend has it that Cromwell lodged near the building which survives on Church Street as the Cottage Restaurant. The Marquis of Granby public house bears a plaque stating that the Earl of Derby 'had his quarters near this site'. Dents in the walls of the parish church are rumored to have been caused by the cannons from the time of the civil war. On 13 August 1651 Warrington was the scene of the last Royalist victory of the civil war when Scots troops under Charles II and David Leslie, Lord Newark, fought Parliamentarians under John Lambert at the Battle of Warrington Bridge.

The expansion and urbanization of Warrington largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century. As Britain became industrialized, Warrington embraced the Industrial Revolution becoming a manufacturing town and a center of the steel industry(particularly wire), textiles, brewing, tanning and chemical manufacturing. The navigational properties of the River Mersey were improved, canals were built, and the town grew yet more prosperous and popular. When the age of steam came, Warrington naturally welcomed it, both as a means of transport and as a source of power for its mills.

Warrington is best remembered during WWII as the location of RAF Station Burtonwood. During World War II, it served as the largest US Army Air Force airfield outside the United States, and was visited by major American celebrities like Humphrey Bogart and Bob Hope who entertained the American troops. The RAF station continued in use by the USAAF and subsequently USAF as a staging post for men and material until its closure in 1993.

Warrington was designated a new town in 1968 and consequently the town grew in size, as a center for light industry, staging, and distribution.[1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries (Civil)[edit | edit source]

Online tombstone inscriptions for Warrington: Warrington Borough Council

Walton Lea Crematorium
Chester road
Warrington, WA4 6TB

Warrington Cemetery
Manchester Road
Tombstone inscriptions: BillionGraves & Findagrave

Fox Covert Cemetery
Red Lane
Appleton, Warrington

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Parishes[edit | edit source]

St Ann's Church
Central Avenue
Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8AJ

Church of the Resurrection Church
St Bridget's Close
Warrington, WA2 0EW

Parish Church of St Elphin
Church Street
Warrington WA1 2TL
Phone number +44 1925 635020

Holy Trinity Church
Market Gate
Sankey Street
Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1XG

All Saints Church, Thelwall
Bell Lane
Warrington WA4 2SX
Telephone: +44 (0)1925 261166

King's Church
Marina Avenue
Great Sankey
Warrington WA5 1JH
Telephone: 01925 451514

St Oswald's Church
Golborne Road
Winwick, Warrington

St Paul's Church
Vicarage Lane
Cheshire WA6 9AB

St Wilfred's Church, Grappenhall
Church Lane
Warrington, WA4 3EP

St James' Church, Westbrook
Canons Road
Warrington, WA5 1EU

St Mary's Church
Buttermarket St
Warrington, WA1 2

St Matthew's Church
Warrington, WA4 4NT

Non Conformists[edit | edit source]

Other Christian and non Christian religious groups follow:

  • Baptists
  • Bethany Pentecostal
  • Evangelical
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Jehovah's Witness
  • Kent Street Community Church
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Pentecostal
  • Roman Catholic

Non Christian populations include:

  • Buddhists
  • Jews
  • Muslims
  • Sikhs
  • Taoists

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the UK government, from July 1837 to the present day.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Warrington is the largest town in the county of Cheshire, and as such provides major employment in the region. Occupational opportunities fall into 3 major areas; agriculture, industry, and services.

Most of the mother county is rural and agricultural, and is particularly noted for dairy activities. One by-product of such is cheese making, and many are employed in making the famous Cheshire Cheese. Cheshire farms are also noted for its vegetable and fruit provisions. About 15% of the population are employed in the agreicultural area.

Due to its location on the banks of the river Mersey, and its ability to be services by small vessels bringing goods and materials from the docks of Liverpool and Manchester, almost 30% of the town's population find employment in such large manufacturing concerns as Unilever (detergents); Graepels woven and perforated metal meshes; GEA processing Ltd , manufacturers of equipment for the dairy, brewing, and food processing industries; Oadby plastic molding company. There are also a number of small specialty chemical manufacturers in the area.

The balance of the economy provides opportunities in the service arena. This includes the local hospitals, schools and Universities, and a number of large shopping malls.[2]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Warrington," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrington, accessed 20 November, 2017.
  2. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/north-west-retains-largest-manufacturing-5911075, accessed 3 December 2017.