Category Archives: Landmarks

Verdin Exchange

This is a great photo, taken in the early 2000s, I think.

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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.

Morrisons & Nat Lane Industrial Estate

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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.

High Street and Winsford Town Centre

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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.

Aerial Photo

I think this photo was taken around about the year 2000.

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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.

Over United Reformed Church

Over United Reformed Church is in Swanlow Lane. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building, and continues to be an active congregation within the United Reformed Church.

The church is built in polychromatic brick with a slate roof and red sandstone dressings. It was originally built as a Congregational chapel and was the second church to be designed by John Douglas. 

It is an unusual building which Douglas’ biographer Edward Hubbard describes as being “experimental” and as presenting “an astonishing sight”. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner described it as “very ugly”.

There is a church hall which hosts various organisations throughout the year.

Town Centre

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This is a fantastic picture. It shows the town in the mid-Nineties.

In the foreground you can see Well Street, Lower Haigh Street and Overdene Road. The large building at the lower left of the picture is a care home, Overdene House.

At the left of the picture you can see Aldi which was built in the first half of the Nineties. You can also see the Queens Arms (now a Wetherspoons, but not then).

At the right of the picture you can see Dene Drive. Above it you’ll notice the old Winsford Swimming Baths. The Winsford Lifestyle Centre was built on the car park behind it. Above that you’ll see Wyvern House. This was built in the early 1990s.

At the top of the picture you’ll see Morrisons which was built in the early Nineties.

In the middle of the picture you can see the Town centre. This has largely been unchanged externally since it was built. But there is one significant difference. The multi-storey car park was demolished in the 2000s and replaced with a new one and a row of modern shops including Argos.

Here’s a slightly different angle:

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