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Warrington's Famous Firsts.

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Famous firsts, figures and important dates

Famous firsts for Warrington

Year

Event

1321

Warrington becomes the first paved town in Lancashire 

1526

Boteler Grammar School founded 

1643

Siege of Warrington 

1690

Henry Booth, Lord Delamere, created Earl of Warrington 

1757

The 'Warrington Advisor' becomes Lancashire's first newspaper 

1755-57

The first commercial canal in Britain - Sankey-St Helens - is cut 

1761

G & J Distillery 

1779

The first Sunday School in the county, St James' Sunday School, is opened 

1787

The first Boulton & Watt steam engine to be used in Lancashire is installed at Latchford cotton  mill 

1830

The first Total Abstinence Society in Britain is formed in Warrington 

1832

Warrington becomes a Parliamentary Borough 

1832

The first MP in the town, E.G. Hornby, is returned to Parliament as a Liberal candidate 

1834

First Walking Day 

1847

The first Mayor takes office as the town becomes a Borough 

1848

The first public library in the country is opened in Warrington, supporting the town's museum 

1864

The first ever Lancashire county cricket match is played in Warrington 

1897

Victoria Park opened 

1899

Cromwell's statue erected 

1900

Warrington becomes a County Borough 

1902

First Tram 

1920

Warrington's first women magistrates and town councillor take office 

1925

War memorial unveiled 

1934

Kingsway Bridge opened 

1939

RAF Padgate opened 

1940-45

RAF Burtonwood - Largest USAF Base in Europe 

1945

Walton Gardens opened to the public 

1946

Bruche Police Training Centre opened 

1957

Wilderspool Bridge opened 

1963

Thelwall Viaduct opened 

1968

Hilden, Germany Twin Town 

1972

Outline Plan of New Town published, first houses built at Longbarn 

 

I think it may have ended at 1972 as nothing positive of note has happened since then!.

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Not at all Algy. I actually really like Warrington, and most of it's people strangely enough. And Wallasey doesn't have a Rugby League team to support 😉.

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I like the - "and most of it's people strangely enough" part of your post Asp 😂.

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Algy - you missed a really important date

1st of September 1999 - launch of the first independent daily online newspaper in the country - www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk

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