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.
A great picture showing the High Street, the Civic Hall and Town Centre.
At the bottom left you can see Mid Cheshire College and as you follow the road up you’ll notice Winsford High Street School on the left, Foodcraft and then Queens Court retail park and Kwik Fit.
You’ll see the gas tower at the top in the middle.
At the bottom of the picture you’ll notice the Civic Hall which was demolished in 2013.
At the front of the town centre it appears to be Choices Video Rentals which closed in approximately 2006.
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!
Technically in Darnhall, the Raven Inn is situated at the far end of Swanlow Lane between Winsford and Church Minshull. Since 2007 the pub has been closed. Here is a photograph of the pub during that year, showing it in its better days.
The name Raven comes from the Corbett family, long time residents of Darnhall Hall and upon whose family crest was a raven. The hall was sold to the Verdin family in the late 1800s and was demolished around 1950.
The pub is believed to be one of the oldest in Vale Royal. It used to be a gamekeeper’s cottage but was mentioned as an alehouse in Weaver Township, an older name for Darnhall, in 1631.
The licensee on this date was John Robinson and in those long gone days the customer base would have been the surrounding farms and travellers on the ancient Over to Nantwich Road.
In 2009 plans were made to turn the premises into an Indian Restaurant but these plans were never realised and this once thriving pub continues to decline.
In September 2013 it was revealed that a squatter was living in the pub.
The Verdin Brine Baths were situated on Rilshaw Lane, almost exactly where the bridge over the Station Road Bypass is now.
The baths opened in 1934. A huge fundraising effort was mounted by Winsford’s population of 11,000 to build a new pool, but this did not materialise until 1934 when, at a cost of £879, the Verdin Open Air Brine Baths opened in Rilshaw Lane. The baths closed in the 1970s. You can read more here.
John Bishop, who spent part of his childhood in Winsford, wrote about the traumatic death of a boy in the brine baths in 1974 in his autobiography ‘How Did All This Happen?’
The Winsford Swimming Baths on The Drumber opened in 1974 and these were replaced by the Winsford Lifestyle Centre in 2009. You can read more about the swimming baths in Winsford here.