Photo of Warrington, Town Hall, New Gates 1895

Warrington, Town Hall, New Gates 1895

Neg. 36688

Memories of Warrington

Sad Demise

Sadly we see very few ships passing down the Manchester Ship Canal these days. When I was a kid I lived in Latchford not far from the locks. We used to spend many hours watching the ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Ian Miller

Happy Times

The building at the top of the picture with the advert on was a grocers called Hendrey Millings. I worked there as a young man and had my first encounter with the opposite sex!!!

A memory of Warrington by Leslie Edge

Where Did It All Go ?

Catching gudgeon at Ackers Pit and taking them home in jam jar (they died!) Swimming in Bridgewater Canal "Dukes`s" would you believe at Grappenhall! Passing exam for Boteler Grammar and getting a new beach ball as a reward (all other kids had a new bike) Sorry dad ...I know we had no money.

A memory of Warrington by Harry Roscoe

Where Is This??

Marshall Gardens looks beautiful...where was it?? and why was it named Marshall Gardens....only ask because a lot of my ancestors were named Marshall!!!

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About this photo

These ornamental gates had only recently been erected when this picture was taken. Probably the most interesting monument in the town is the altar tomb of Sir John and Lady Butler who were murdered in 1463. One of the effigies is of their black servant, who managed to save the life of the murdered couple's infant son.

This is an excerpt from Cheshire Photographic Memories, by Clive Hardy

Warrington's Town Hall was originally Bank Hall, built between 1749-50 by the world-famous architect James Gibbs as a home for a local businessman, Thomas Patten. Gibbs had previously designed St Martin in the Fields church in London and the Radcliffe Library in Oxford, whilst Patten's wealth came from his copper works at Bank Quay. The building was bought from the family to become Warrington's Town Hall in 1872. The ornate gates replaced the brick wall which the Pattens had erected in Sankey Street to give them privacy from curious passers-by. Warrington's ratepayers demanded the right to see their new seat of government!