Let’s move to Warrington, Cheshire: ‘It's where the canny live'Mar 30, 2018 16:30
Warrington is a spaghetti junction of infrastructure. You can get everywhere from it
What’s going for it? Warrington’s got connections. It may not have the cachet or the name of some of its neighbours – Chester, say, Altrincham, or the so-called “golden triangle” between Knutsford, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge. Its grand civic buildings and occasional redbrick Georgian townhouses hint at a past more illustrious than the present, which is mostly a tough, unglamorous affair of Primarks and retail parks, megapubs and dual carriageways (though there’s glamour aplenty on the streets on an average Friday night). No, Warrington’s USP, ever since the Romans crossed the river Mersey here, is its geography. You can get everywhere from it. OK, Builth Wells may be a struggle, but, girdled with three motorways, crisscrossed by two major rail lines and with the Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal for those taking it slower, Warrington is a spaghetti junction of infrastructure. Which is why logistics companies, such as Amazon, plonk their sheds here, and why the canny live here, with its great schools and excellent property, at a fraction of the price of their neighbours in posher climes.
The case against Canal walks aside, it’s not a looker. You can winkle out the odd independent store or cultural hotspot, like Walton Hall, but they’re not the main attraction. Continue reading...