New book lifts lid on Warrington's past

Warrington Guardian: A reminder of the days when a turkey was for Christmas not for life, this splendid array of fresh birds awaited customers of Bowcock’s market stall before the days of deep-frozen or shrink wrapped intensively reared birds sold on polystyrene trays A reminder of the days when a turkey was for Christmas not for life, this splendid array of fresh birds awaited customers of Bowcock’s market stall before the days of deep-frozen or shrink wrapped intensively reared birds sold on polystyrene trays

EVER wonder how Warrington was shaped?

When did Sankey Street become pedestrianised? Where did people buy food before Tesco and Asda? What happened when Warrington Wolves won trophies when they were still known as the Wire?

All these questions and more are answered in a remarkable new book penned by the manager at Warrington Museum, Janice Hayes.

Accompanied by fascinating pictures, Nostalgic Warrington, which was released last week, lifts the lid on what life was like in town - dating back from the turn of the 20th century to the 1960s and beyond.

From the street scene, to shopping, leisure, transport, wartime, big events, work life and the town’s landmarks, through detailed research a number of new pictures have been found.

Janice said: “Do you ever find yourself thinking “Hasn’t Warrington Changed or I remember when...?”

“As we Warringtonians celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 how many of us remembered celebrating her coronation?

“If you watched the Jubilee pageant in 3D on a 47” flat screen TV did you think back to peering at a tiny 9” screen in a neighbour’s house back in 1953?

“Some of the changes you’ll see in these photographs will have happened in almost every town in the country such as how people dress; how they travel; where they work or shop and even how they spend their leisure time.

“Some of the changes are special to Warrington because the council planned to improve the town and demolished certain buildings and also because Warrington became a New Town and moved from Lancashire into Cheshire so the town has grown in size and many of the surrounding villages have become part of present day Warrington.“

The book is available at the museum and in bookshops now, priced £12.99.

WE have a copy of Nostalgic Warrington on offer in our competition.

To win, just tell us which road the Town Hall is on in Warrington?

Send your answer, with your name, address and contact details, to newsdesk@guardiangrp.co.uk or write to Nostalgic Warrington Comp, Newsdesk, Warrington Guardian, 138 Bridge Street, Warrington, WA1 2RU.

The closing date for entries is Friday, December 27.

Usual Newsquest rules apply, for further details, visits newsquest.co.uk.

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