Widnes Through Time

Widnes Through Time

Runcorn Through the Ages

Series: Through the Ages

Publication Date15th October 2014

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations180

Height234

Width165

This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Runcorn has changed and developed over the last century.
Regular Price £15.99 Online Price: £14.39
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ISBN
9781445638645

Runcorn’s position on the Mersey was identified as early as 915, by the Saxon princess Ethelfleda. The fort was built at Castle Rock in order to defend against the Danish invaders. The site, known as Castle Rock, is just where the railway bridge now spans the river. Prosperity first came to Runcorn with the building of the Bridgewater Canal, which was completed in 1776; the start of Runcorn as an industrial town. Heavy industry, such as soap and alkali works, soon moved in, as did major transportation links, including the Bridgewater Canal.


Runcorn’s history began with the Saxon settlement, and settlers have been arriving since. The Normans came, followed by the boatmen, the workers in the quarries and chemical works, and finally the residents of New Town, which permanently changed the look of the town. Runcorn has coped with change for the past 1,100 years, but has never lost its distinctive character.

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