This picture shows the bottom of Wharton Hill and the way that the traffic over the Town Bridge used to be two-way outside the Red Lion. You can see the road become the High Street at the top of the picture – now, of course, the Old High Street. All buildings on the left of the photo have now long gone.
A great picture which shows really clearly the Nat Lane Industrial Estate and Morrisons.
Morrisons is one of three large supermarkets in Winsford. It opened in the 1990s – does anyone know the exact year? – after the construction of the Wharton Road bypass.
You can see the roundabout outside Morrisons. If you follow the road to the left you’ll see Wharton Park pub and then Arnold Clark car showroom. You’ll also notice Focus (now Wickes).
All of the cars next to Morrisons were at Car Transplants which has since moved elsewhere. A vehicle sales showroom is now at the site.
The huge Stanley Cooper buildings can be seen on the Nat Lane Industrial Estate.
At the top of the picture is the Winsford Industrial Estate.
Across the road from Morrisons you can see McDonalds which opened in around 1996 – I think.
In this picture you can see Wetherspoons and its car park.
The photo also clearly shows John Street and Dean Street. I’ve never noticed the modern building on John Street before.
The Queens Arms was built in 1958. It became a Wetherspoons on 26th January 2003.
The other thing to notice is that the old Chicoland takeaway on the edge of the town centre, opposite Wetherspoons, hasn’t become a Chicoland yet. I can’t remember what it was before.
I think this photo was taken around about the year 2000.
There have been a few changes to the view you can see here.
The Dene Drive Primary Care Centre hasn’t been built yet next to Aldi in the bottom right of the photo. Also, Taylors Opticians has relocated to the house nearest to Aldi on Dene Drive.
The Civic Hall has been demolished in order to widen the junction.
The gas tower has been demolished and replaced with Mid-Cheshire College.
The multi-storey car park next to Asda has been demolished and replaced with a new one and some modern shops.
For around three decades (as far as I know) there were two garages on Delamere Street. One was the Dickinson Bros. Shell Garage opposite Saxons at the beginning of the road. This continues to thrive with a large Spar shop accompanying it.
The other was, for a long time the Telegraph garage. This garage was busy as Delamere Street was for a long time one of the main routes out of the town. The Delamere Street bypass section of the A49 was built at the end of the 1980s and suddenly the garage was no longer on the main road – it would now start to miss out on passing traffic.
During the 1990s the garage became a Shell garage! There were now two Shell garages on the same road. It was still known locally as the Telegraph garage and it was until its demise in around the year 2009 when it finally shut its doors, unable to compete any longer with the very busy Shell/Spar station up the road, and the cheaper petrol at Morrisons at the other end of town.
The forecourt now seems to be use as a car park. On site there is also Winsford MOT Centre and a shop called the Wonky Shed. It seems like a prime site for some houses to be built at some point as this is a relatively large piece of land in the middle of Winsford!
The buildings on the left stand where the Mid-Cheshire College overspill car park is now. Lorries now frequently park on the road at the front of the picture as this is now a dead end at the bottom of the Old High Street. Not far from where the lady is walking is now the entrance to the subway under the new High Street (the A54). Of course, in recent years a pedestrian crossing over the top of the subway rendering the subway pretty pointless.
Also on the left you can see the old post office which became a Woolworths, the Greedy Pig, the Lighthouse chip shop and then was left derelict for years. It was bull-dozed in 2014 and the land is now up for sale for development.
At the top left of the centre of the picture you can see the town bridge and the Red Lion – still a busy pub. The buildings opposite which you can just see a little glimpse of have gone completely.
You can see the Top House at the top of the photo (still there). But the white building at the top centre-left of the picture has gone. However I don’t know what that is.