Category Archives: Town Centre

The Queens Arms (Wetherspoons)

In this picture you can see Wetherspoons and its car park.

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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.

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.

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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Asda

Asda in Winsford is currently having some renovation works.

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It seems a good idea to think about the history of the store.

The town centre was built in the 1970s and the town’s first large supermarket was constructed as part of the new venture. It opened in 1976.

The first supermarket chain to move in was Fine Fare. Fine Fare was purchased by the Somerfield chain of supermarkets in 1986 and these new stores were rebranded Gateway.

In turn, Gateway was purchased by Asda in 1989. During this year the store was turned into an Asda store.

The history of the store since then is hard to find online. But from memory there have been many changes to the store over the years including: expanding George, children’s play centre, cafe, photo centre, pharmacy and garden centre to name just a few.

The current renovations will have a remodelled George clothing department, the pharmacy will move to where the Photo Centre was, and an opticians will open in the space vacated by the pharmacy. Other rearranging will take place in some of the aisles.

In August 2016, four members of staff celebrated 40 years each of working at the store.

Winsford Town Centre

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This photo was taken in the 1960s. It shows some girls who were working in the new shopping centre. The town centre is so new, in fact, that t hasn’t even been finished yet!

To help you orient yourself, the photo is taken from the direction of the Cheshire Building Society looking towards Farm Foods. The rest of it hasn’t been built yet!

They are sitting on the fountain in Fountain Court. This is now gone as the wind caused shoppers to get wet. The name ‘Fountain Court’ is still there.

In the background you can see Tesco which I never knew had a store in the town centre.