History of Lymm

Lymm History

A traditional village with a charming history

One of the attractive and enticing qualities Lymm holds is its delightful history. Home to numerous and notable landmarks, each with a captivating past, this gives the village its traditional character. Why not take in some of the historical charm of the village centre or experience some of the fascinating sights and landscapes to be found down the Bridgewater Canal or around Lymm Dam?

Areas of worship

Lymm boasts a range of beautiful Churches all offering a variety of forms of worship to suit everyone. With their stunning stained glass windows and attractive architectural features, the Churches of Lymm each posses their own captivating past. Have a look at the list below to view history on a selection of churches:


Lymm is notable for its historic buildings. These include the Lymm Town Hall. Lymm Dam was built in 1824 – when a turnpike road was created from Warrington to Stockport. The land where Lymm Dam sits was then owned by a man called William Lever who intended to make considerable changes to the area. Probably the most well known landmark in Lymm is the Lymm Cross. Lymm's village cross, known simply as "The Cross", is a Grade I listed structure. The "original cross" can be dated back to the middle 17th Century. The early development of the Lymm Railway in the Lymm area began in 1850’s with the establishment of the Warrington to Altrincham junction line. People would use the Bridgewater Canal also as a means of transporting goods such as coal.


Lymm Slitten Mills original purpose was nail production, later giving way to the cutting of steel bands for the cooperage at Thelwall. Other industries in Lymm included fustian cutting, gold beating, basket making, and salt extraction. More information is available on past industries of Lymm.

The geology of Lymm

The underlying geology of Lymm consists of Sandstone rock which was formed in the late Triassic period, approximately 220 million years ago. At that moment in time Britain was mainly desert since it had a much hotter climate. An extensive north flowing river system which was once located in the area that is now Cheshire was the cause of the rock formation. The river would carry and deposit particles which would then become compact due to the effects of the river system. This compression of layer upon layer of tiny grains of sand over millions of years is what forms a bedrock or sedimentary rock called sandstone. This process is what created the rocks which exist in Lymm today.

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