The large Cheshire town of Warrington is a great place to stay if you want to make the short journey to either Liverpool or Manchester, but don’t neglect the town itself. Here are 10 things you may not have known about it:
1. It has a place in American military history
Warrington is better known across the Atlantic than you might expect. In World War II, Burtonwood RAF
base was the largest airfield for the US Air Force outside of its own country.
2. It was home to the UK’s first Ikea store
Lovers of flat-pack furniture and Swedish meatballs should be aware of Warrington’s significance. Scandinavian home accessories giant Ikea first set foot in Britain with its Warrington store, built in 1987.
3. It had the country’s first rate-supported library
At one time, people had to pay to use their local library. Warrington Central Library
changed all that and is thought to be the first in the country to change to a tax-supported model.
4. It’s a very old ‘new town’
Warrington is designated a ‘new town’ under the New Towns Act 1946, but really it’s anything but. It’s been a crossing point on the River Mersey for centuries, and there is evidence of Bronze Age and Roman settlements in the area.
5. Its rugby league team has never been relegated
The main sport associated with Warrington is rugby league, and with good reason. The famous Warrington Wolves is the only club to have played in every season of the sport’s top division.
6. Its football club performed an FA Cup giantkilling act two year ago
Not to be outdone by the Wolves, non-league football club Warrington Town has enjoyed the limelight in recent years. In 2014, they won an FA Cup tie against Exeter City, who were 100 places above them in the league, live in front of BBC cameras.
7. Lewis Carroll was a Warrington lad
Warrington folk will proudly consider ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ author Lewis Carroll to be one of their own. He was born in nearby Daresbury, which probably explains his inspiration for characters like the Cheshire Cat.
8. Oliver Cromwell was a regular visitor
Warrington is steeped not only in literary history, but it real events that shaped Britain as we know it today. During the English Civil War, military leader Oliver Cromwell’s army would stay in the area, and Cromwell himself is said to have made Church Street his lodging spot.
9. Disney filmed in the town last year
It might seem an unlikely place for the global enterprise to get involved, but Disney fantasy series Evermoor was filmed in a Warrington warehouse. Disney explained that favourable tax breaks played a role in the choice of location, but also mentioned the excellent local acting talent.
10. It has excellent accommodation
The best place to unwind after a thrilling excursion in and around Warrington is at the Best Western Hallmark Hotel Warrington Fir Grove
, offering an elegant and ideally situated place for a family-oriented break.