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Living in Warrington: The Local Area Guide

Warrington is a major industrial town in the North West of England, in the county of Cheshire. Despite sitting with two major metropolises (Liverpool and Manchester) it is a big economic, cultural, and historical hub and for the area, and has been for many centuries.

Its position at an easy crossing point of the River Mersey meant the Romans saw it as a vital stronghold, and this continued into the time of the Saxons and through the Middle Ages, when it was a major market town. Warrington played a large role in the England Civil War, and Oliver Cromwell himself is said to have spent time there. The physical evidence can be seen by all with the marks of cannon balls on the parish church.

The Industrial Revolution changed the town very quickly into an important urban centre. It grew to include other nearby settlements and the introduction of the railway further improved its economic impact on the world. In particular textiles, tanning, brewing and steel production made Warrington famous past the Revolution and through the two World Wars. Even today it is a big player in the light industry, technology and distribution sectors.

Don’t be fooled by its industrial importance into thinking it is a concrete monstrosity, though. Warrington has some famously attractive architecture, gardens and it still retains its market town appeal.


Warrington’s population is just over 200,000 according to the latest census. It has an even male/female split and a mean age of 39.5, which is very slightly above the English mean age of 39.3. The median age is a little higher at 40. There are, however, more children than is the average in other English towns.

Warrington’s strong economic history continues today. It is relatively well off in terms of employment, home ownership, and social grade. Just 3.3% of people claim Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is lower than commonly found in the North, and only 13% of people claim any kind of benefit which is lower than the national average.

In terms of social grade, it also does well. When ranked by the occupation of the main household earner, around 25% of households belong to grade AB and nearly a third to C1, both figures being significantly higher than the averages for the North and England as a whole. Only a little over 40% of households are classified as C2 or DE. This may be related to the fairly high levels of education in Warrington.

Over 70% of households are owner occupied, reflecting the economic prosperity and relatively low house prices of Warrington. For England, that rate is just over 60%. Only 10% of households are rented privately, less than the English average. Furthermore, self-reported states of health are impressive. More than half of people describe their health as ‘very good’ and another third as ‘good’.


Warrington’s parents have an expansive selection of schools to choose to send their children to. 69 primary schools feed into 14 high schools, which feed into a handful of further education colleges.

Great Sankey High School, in particular, stands out. It is co-educational, has its own sixth form and despite its enormous size of over 1800 pupils, it has consistently impressed inspectors from Ofsted and has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ ratings regularly.

For further education, Priestly Sixth Form and Warrington Collegiate are both popular, and for higher education, the University of Chester has a campus in Warrington.


Warrington’s railway was introduced at the height of its industrial influence and still offers fantastic links for travelers and commuters. There are two primary stations: Bank Quay, which sits on the West Coast Main Line running between Glasgow and London, and Central which is on the Manchester to Liverpool line.

For motorists, Warrington is also well connected. It has major motorways in several different directions including the M6, M56, and M62.

Amenities and Shopping

Warrington manages to compete with the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool in terms of retail.

The modernised town centre is full of recognisable high street brands, fashionable retailers and independent artisan stores of all types. These are scattered among large shopping malls and through Horsemarket Street, Bridge Street, Buttermarket Street and Sankey Street (which all intersect at Market Gate).

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