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.
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.
Not strictly Winsford, but the Davenham/Moulton Bypass, the A533, is one of the man routes into Winsford. It was constructed in around 1998.
The picture shows Davenham Church very clearly, along with the villages of Davenham and Kingsmead.
The route of the road is very clear and the Whatcroft road (Shipbrook Road) bridge that goes over the bypass is clear.
The state of the field on the left of the map is interesting as it is not part of the main route. It wasn’t part of the old Jack Lane road either. It must have been used for parking/storage/access for the road construction staff.
This picture was taken in the 1930s. It shows the houses on the corner of Clive Green Lane and Middlewich Road. The person taking the picture would be stood on the entrance to the Industrial Estate.
The corner with the houses is a similar shape today although the conifers are much higher.
The picture looks quite quiet. Today this is a major junction in the town with traffic to and from Crewe on Clive Green Lane, Industrial Estate traffic and main route to the M6. It’s hard to imagine such calm nowadays.
During October 2014 two abnormal loads made their way through the town using the A54 on their way from Holmes Chapel to Ellesmere Port Docks. A third made its way through the town on 2nd November 2014 on its way to Ellesmere Port.
October 5th 2014
October 18th 2014
The A54, the main thoroughfare for traffic in Winsford, is one of the suitable routes for abnormal loads in Cheshire West and Chester.