Outside Rango’s and the Spar Shell Petrol Station
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.
This is a great photo, taken in the early 2000s, I think.
The picture shows the Verdin Exchange which was built in 1895 as Verdin Technical School which eventually became Winsford Verdin Grammar School.
These days the buildings are used as bases for businesses.
The land behind it now includes a nursery. There are also football pitches and the fair visits there every year. In the picture taken, there are some travellers.
As you move up the picture you will see Winsford Fire Station and the Cheshire Fire Headquarters.
You can see the River Weaver at the top left.
On the right of the picture you’ll see the Civic Hall and the junction which was upgraded (at a cost of £2.5million, in 2012. It too five months.
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.