Lymm - An important player in the Industrial past

PUBLISHED: 11:49 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:56 20 February 2013

Lymm - An important player in the Industrial past

Lymm - An important player in the Industrial past

One explanation of the name Lymm is running water, which turns out to be rather appropriate as this village played a key role in the industrial revolution

In the 1770s the Duke of Bridgewater needed to transport coal from the north in Worsley in 1759.The plans for this split the village in two but in its present incarnation its the gateway to the Trans Pennine Trail and the Bridgewater canal provides a picturesque backcloth to village life and narrow boats cruise leisurely up and down or linger to sample the pleasures of the fine pubs and restaurants.

In the Lymme-light

Lymm clearly attracts the more political and intellectual side of the celebrity spectrum having had as residents such figures as Derek Hatton, Terry Waite John Stalker, writer Robert Westall and factory records boss Tony Wilson.

Cross of ages

The centre of Lymm is marked by an eye-catching stone cross, which is an ancient monument that has been worn with age. The four stone pillars which support it are claimed to date back as far as the 14th century and it is here that the village population probably gathered, maybe to throw rotten vegetables as those unlucky enough to be put in
the stocks.

Food and drink
From farm shops, to champagne bars, Michelin starred chefs, to country pubs, Lymm is the perfect place to drink and dine. And with so many foodie attractions it does naturally attract people from outside the area, as much as those locals who love fine locally-sourced food.

Drive out for a hearty pub lunch overlooking the waterways or enjoy a Mediterranean vibe in a local restaurant. The pleasure partly in having so
much choice!

Browse around

While Lymm isnt a major shopping centre small does indeed prove beautiful. Here it is possible to make those special finds you cant really
get in the city. A piece of art or photography perhaps, or maybe some delightful jewellery? This is the kind of place that makes shopping a pleasurable leisure pursuit.

Tee anyone?
Lymm golf club was created in the 1890s by Mr Alfred Watkin a businessman who commuted into Manchester with the advent of the railway and who persuaded his fellow travellers that a golf course was an excellent idea.

Lymm information

Most noted for:
Being an early player in the Industrial revolution with the creation of the Bridgewater canal


Grand designs
Lymm Baptist Church was founded in 1850, but its roots are to be found 100 years earlier at Millington, about four miles away, where a group of Baptists had been worshipping together at least 12 years earlier, perhaps in a farmhouse nearby.


While youre here

Take a stroll around, Lymm dam, or enjoy a day there angling, riding, or just soaking up the tranquillity of the pretty surroundings. Lymm dam 01925 758195


But try not to...
Compete for a pint with the local rugby players - the team started out life as a drinking club.

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