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Pete Postlethwaite, the actor. He grew up not far from me, more or less just down the road.

 

Ossie Clark, famous fashion designer.

 

Lewis McGibbon, actor.

 

Pete Waterman, impressario.

 

Tim Curry.

 

Sue Johnson, actress -The Royale Family, Brookside, and umpteen other productions.

 

Rebekah Brooks of course.

 

Not forgetting me.

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Mr Litherland the inventor of the lever watch was a native of the town.

 

John Harrison the maker of the 'timekeeper' commonly called 'Longitude Harrison' although a Yorkshireman lived in Warrington for many years.

 

John Blackburne Esq. the second person in England to cultivate the pineapple and the first person to cultivate the cotton plant to any practical purposes.

 

John Howard the philanthropist penned his report on the welfare of British prisons in Warrington.

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Tracey was John Kay the man who invented the waterframe ?

I'm not sure what a waterframe is!  :oops: There were 2 John Kays and, apparently, text books frequently get them mixed up. One invented the flying shuttle but the Warrington one worked on the spinning jenny/spinning frame. He apparently sold out his mate Thomas Highs (whom he worked on the spinning frame with) to Richard Arkwright over a few beers. Arkwright went on to claim the spinning frame as his own.

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Peter Rylands wire-manufacturer and a Liberal politician who was active in local government and sat in the House of Commons for two periods between 1868 and 1887.

 

 

 Den Dover a politician. He was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West England region from 1999 to 2009.

 

Doug Hoyle Labour politician and former Member of Parliament for Nelson and Colne (1974-79), Warrington (1981-83) and Warrington North (1983-97).

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John James Webster (1845–1914) was born in Warrington and was a civil engineer who specialised in building bridges

 

He designed the Liverpool Docks landing stage

 

Did the reconstruction of Conway supension bridge

Portsmouth bascule bridge

Littlehampton swing bridge

Widnes to Runcorn Transporter bridge

Warrington Bridge at bridge foot (one of the earliest reinforced concrete bridges)

 

Other things he did were

 

The Shepherds Bush stadium for the 1908 Olympic Games

Earls Court Big Wheel

 

and…….

 

The piers at Llandudno, Bangor, Penmaenmawr, Menai Bridge, Minehead, Egremont and Dover.

 

Now whether he counts as actually being famous I don't know as I'd never heard of him until I googled :wink:

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I'm not sure what a waterframe is!  :oops: There were 2 John Kays and, apparently, text books frequently get them mixed up. One invented the flying shuttle but the Warrington one worked on the spinning jenny/spinning frame. He apparently sold out his mate Thomas Highs (whom he worked on the spinning frame with) to Richard Arkwright over a few beers. Arkwright went on to claim the spinning frame as his own.

 

Ok Tracey confused myself now !

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