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  1. Wireboy you are quite correct,Insall Road was also where the main entrance had originally been....
  2. I for some reason came across this debate and have a passing interest in Warrington Barracks as I was in the Army Cadets and the Kings TA there for several years. I thought you readers may be interested in some other bits of information. The properties of Cabul Close,Quebec Road and Penninsular House are built on the grounds of the Barracks and those names were in fact Battle Honours bestowed on the South Lancs Regiment in its earlier Foot Regiment days .Suez Street and Cairo Street were also named for the same reason. A reader has mentioned Canberra Square,Orford,that street together with Meteor Crescent were originally built for permanent RAF personnal based at RAF Padgate (and I believe for staff who were in a barrage balloon unit based in that area),as were the houses in Horseshoe Crescent area ( these were for officer staff in the main ) .Canberra and Meteor housing was last used in the 70's,that I can remember ,for Army personnel based at Saighton Barracks,Chester. Canberra and Meteor were both planes,the RAF connection - which leads me onto another quirk in names.Sutton Trust Housing Estate off Hilden Road and the estate on the opposite side of the road are built on the site of what was RAF Padgate,the estate to the south is named after RAF bases and the estate to the north named after combat planes.As were those that were knocked down,Vulcan,Valiant. I have also noticed a comment on Bank Street,Glazebury,the ruins there were once part of HMS Gosling which consisted of several sites of which remains can still be found. To my knowledge. One site was at the rear of Taylor Industrial Estate of Warrington Road,Risley. There are two further sites in Lady Lane,Croft,one near to the junct of Mustard Lane,there was also another site opposite the Church in Lady Lane,years ago that land was locally known as the battlefields.Gosling Road,Croft is named after HMS Gosling. Warrington during the last war was heavily covered by the military. There was a Naval Depot at the rear of the Noggin pub,Risley. Americans were based at the now defunct Police Camp at Bruche. Canadians were based at the site of Padgate College their presence remembered by Canada Close off Fearnhead Lane. The Fleet Air Arm had an airfield at Stretton. Going back to Warrington Barracks,I actually did my school History Project on the South Lancashire Regiment and was quite luckily to have spent quite a few weekends at the Museum at the Barracks,the Museum is actually in the foreground of the photo supplied by Mr Grundy ( who I remember from my TA days ) where the troops are loading up into the coaches.I was quite saddened when I found out the Museum had closed down.I did find out that,besides Fullwood Barracks Museum,items from Warrington had ended up in the Lancashire Museum at Preston,01772 534079 ( next to Preston Prison) which has a section on Lancashire Regiments. I hope the above is of interest to yourselves. By the way does anyone know why O'Leary Street and Insall Road are called as they are..........
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