The landmarks and designated conservation areas of Lymm help to maintain the traditional village's value of heritage and culture. Lymm Cross which stands proudly on the ancient steps in the village centre is a notorious landmark. With its four pillars carved out of red stone it's said to date back to the 14th century. A beautiful reminder of the village's history can also be experienced at Lymm Dam. The meadows and woodland are not only an area of great beauty and tranquillity but also serve as a historical site which gives the village its character. The selection of stunning Churches in Lymm provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the village and its history of worship. Their captivating structures and fantastically prehistoric furnishings and stained glass windows make them all the more appealing and you can feel really absorbed in their past. The Trans Pennine Trail or also known as the Heritage Trail is a piece of history in itself. Take a stroll down its paths to experience a cross section of the areas countryside and cultural heritage.
You can really soak up some of the borough's rich past by viewing some of its fine buildings, structures and historical sites. The Parr Hall is one of Warrington's number one live entertainment venues featuring up to 200 events throughout the year. The refurbishment of the centre has allowed for better facilities and various improvements to the technical fabric of the building. Amongst the array of acts performing there, the famous faces of Ian Brown, Arctic Monkeys, Peter Kay, Travis, Jools Holland and Jimmy Carr have presented to a packed crowd.
Once the property of the Patten Family, Warrington Town Hall was constructed in 1750. The fine example of Georgian architecture stands proudly in the heart of Warrington. This symbol of the town's civic pride is now owned by Warrington Borough Council. In front of the Hall stands the glorious cast-iron Golden Gates. Made at the Coalbrookdale Iron Works in Shropshire, the gates were designed for Queen Victoria. However, the Queen rejected them since they were presented next to a statue of Oliver Cromwell.
The River of Life on Bridge Street is a memorial display representing the victims of the 1993 terrorist bomb attack. Two young boys were killed in the attack, as well as injuring dozens of citizens. Stephen Broadbent, an experienced public artist, worked alongside local school children to design the 12 plaques which line the streets surrounding the River of Life.
Within the Old Market Place in the town's centre, you can find the Old Barley Mow Inn which claims to be the oldest building in town. The Inn dates as far back as 1561. Another feature of the Old Market Place is the granite structure of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. A famous scene from “Alice in Wonderland”, the author of the book, Lewis Carroll lived close by in Daresbury. It has also been said that the carving of a Cat on St Wilfrid's Church in Grappenhall was the source of Carroll's inspiration for the Cheshire Cat.
Situated around the newly refurbished Queens Garden in Palmyra Square, The Cultural Quarter offers a safe and picturesque meeting place. The Eastern half was originally Georgian private gardens and only made open to the public in 1898. The gardens were later expanded upon during the Edwardian times. This allowed for the Springfield house, which was located on the site till its demolition in the early 20th century, to join on to the private gardens. The area now hosts various outdoor concerts and summer attractions. Close by is Warrington's centre for arts known as the Pyramid which opened in 2002. With its exposed brickwork, leaded windows and contrasting modern steel and glass foyer this magnificent building was funded by the National Lottery and is an awarding winning design. The centre features exhibitions, weddings and corporate events along with some seriously talented dance, drama, theatre and music acts.
Looking to be newly refurbished is the Museum and Art Gallery of Warrington. With funds from the Heritage Lottery the centre hopes to be completely restored whilst maintaining its heritage as the oldest combined museum and library in Great Britain. Founded in 1848, the stunning building combines a Victorian charm with one of the best temporary exhibition galleries in the North West.
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