WARRINGTON, a town, a township, a parish, and a district, in Lancashire. The town stands on the river Mersey, at an intersection of railways, near the Sankey and the Bridgewater canals, 18 miles by road E of Liverpool. The township of W. comprises 2,507 acres. Real property, £67,188; of which £751 are in ironworks, £57 in canals, £164 in railways, and £2,096 in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 20,800; in 1861, 24,050. Houses, 4,571. The parish contains also the townships of Burtonwood, Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Woolston-with-Martinscroft, and Rixton-with-Glazebrook; and comprises 12,168 acres. Pop. in 1851, 23,651; in 1861, 26,960. Houses, 5,138. The manor came to the Botelers in the time of Henry III.; passed to the Earl of Leicester in the time of Elizabeth; went afterwards through many hands; and belongs now to J. I. Blackburne, Esq. The living of St. Elphin is a rectory; and the livings of Trinity, St. Paul and St. Ann are p. curacies, in the diocese of Chester. Value of St. E., £1,300;* of T., £135; of St. P., £210;* of St. A., £300. Patron of St. E., Lord Lilford; of T., the Bishop of Sodor and Man; of St. P., the Hon. L. Powys; of St. A., W. Beamont, Esq. The p. curacies of Burtonwood, Hollinfare, and Padgate are separate benefices. The district includes also three other parishes and two parts in Lancashire, and another parish and a part in Cheshire; and is divided into the sub-districts of Warrington, Latchford, Rixton, Sankey, Winwick, and Newton-in-Mackerfield. Acres, 29,984. Poor rates in 1863, £19,840. Pop. in 1851, 36,164; in 1861, 43,875. Houses, 8,223. Marriages in 1863, 373; births, 1,902, of which 107 were illegitimate; deaths, 1,580, of which 887 were at ages under 5 years, and 17 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 3,948; births, 16,384; deaths, 9,581. The places of worship, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England, with 9,823 sittings; 4 of Independents, with 970 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 408 s.; 2 of Quakers, with 655 s.; 2 of Unitarians, with 620 s.; 8 of Wesleyans, with 2,351 s.; 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 389 s.; 1 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, with 710 s.; 1 of Southcottians, with 80 s.; and 4 of Roman Catholics, with 1,287 s. The schools were 30 public day-schools, with 3,602 scholars; 36 private day-schools, with 1,161 s.; 37 Sunday schools, with 4,255 s.; and 4 evening schools for adults, with 142 s. more ...

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Archives & Libraries

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Warrington Municipal Cemetery records are held at:

Walton Lea Crematorium,
Chester Road,
Higher Walton,
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Civil Registration

Warrington Register Office holds records of births, marriages and deaths since 1837.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"WARRINGTON, a parish, township, market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, locally in the E. division of West Derby hundred, county Lancaster, 17 miles E. of Liverpool, 22 S.W. of Manchester, and 1821 from London by the London and North-Western railway, on which it is a first-class station; there are besides stations on the Warrington and Stockport and Warrington and Garston railways. It is situated on the river Mersey-, which is navigable for small craft to the quay, and near the Sankey and Bridgwater canals. The parish includes, besides the borough of Warrington, extending into the adjoining townships of Latchford and Thelwall in county Chester, the townships of Burton-Wood, Poulton-with-Fearnhead, Rixton-with-Glazebrook, and Woolston-with-Martinscroft. The soil is a fertile loam, and the land chiefly in rich pasture and market gardens. The town, which is a place of great antiquity, though one of the new boroughs, is traversed by the old Roman way to Condate, and by the old mail-coach road from London to Liverpool. In the Saxon times it was called Weringtun, and is mentioned in Domesday survey as Wallintun or Walentunae, at which time it was the head of a hundred now merged in that of West Derby, and in the reign of Henry III. came to the Botelers of Bewsey, who founded an Austin friary here in 1380. It subsequently passed by marriage to the Stanleys, who built the bridge here across the Mersey for Henry VII. to cross over on his visit to Lathom Park, and afterwards to Dudley, Earl of Leicester. During the civil war it was twice taken from the Royalists by General Lambert, who routed the Scotch forces under Bailie in 1648, and again under Charles II. in 1651.

"STOCKTON, a hamlet in the parish of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 1 mile S.E. of Warrington, and 16 E. of Liverpool."

"ORFORD, a hamlet in the parish of Warrington, county Lancaster, 1 mile N. of Warrington."

"LITTLE SANKEY, a parcel in the township and parish of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 3 miles N.W. of Warrington."

"HOWLEY, a tything in the parish of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 2 miles from Warrington. It is situated near the river Mersey, and the Sankey and Bridgwater canals."

"BIRCH, a hamlet in the parish of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, not far from Warrington."



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Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Warrington contained the townships of Warrington, Rixton with Glazebrook, Woolston and Martincroft, Poulton with Fearnhead and Burtonwood.

In 1974 Warrington was moved into Cheshire.




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Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Warrington workhouse.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Warrington was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.