Warrington & its villages
PUBLISHED: 00:00 07 January 2014
A mini-guide to Warrington and its villages
Culcheth is a Cheshire gem. The village has many amenities which make it a popular place for people to live. There’s a library, a village hall, sports facilities, two supermarkets and a wide range of smaller shops clustered in and around its centre. It has several restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways. It is primarily residential, with a large village green at its heart where the annual Community Day is held. Walks are to be found along the old railway line, now known as Culcheth Linear Park.
Head to Grappenhall for a taste of rural charm. This is a very attractive and picturesque village complete with cobblestones, village stocks, ancient Norman church , primary school and two idyllic pubs. It’s a village with a long history too and was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. It is said that a stone carving on the church tower may be the original Cheshire cat!
Present day Lymm is a result of the changing needs of its inhabitants. The landscape is lovely and features the stream, Lymm Dam and an abundance of trees. It’s a pretty spot for some retail therapy - well connected to the big cities but a world away from the metropolitan hustle and bustle
The conservation area is where you can check out the charming architecture of this prosperous village and one of the intriguing landmarks is Lymm Cross, which dates from the early to the middle 17th century. Constructed of sandstone it was restored in 1897. Above the cross is an extension which carries a stone ball and an ornate weather vane. On the east, south and west gables are bronze sundials of 1897 carrying the inscriptions “We are a Shadow”, “Save Time” and “Think of the Last.”
Those living in Stockton Heath are lucky to enjoy a vibrant and cosmopolitan location with cafes, galleries, high end boutiques and beauty salons on the doorstep combined with a more laid back feel of village life.
The main residential area of Appleton is within walking distance and is separated from Stockton Heath by the canal with its picturesque swans, ducks and narrow boats. And all these delights add up to a great place to make a home. Who can argue with the fact that it is surrounded by great schools, beautiful walks and great places to eat out, a real family place?
Warrington is one of Cheshire’s liveliest locations. It has a thriving arts scene based around venues such as the Pyramid Arts centre and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and many a famous band has graced the stage at its Parr Hall concert hall.
Warrington Central Library was the first rate-supported library in the UK. There is a cinema at Westbrook, and it has a rather magnificent town hall (pictured above) It’s also a retail hot spot where shops range from the usual high street favourites to top quality independents.