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  • 200,000 reasons to make a visit 
    Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

    Natural sciences, antiquities, social history, decorative arts and an extensive local photographic archive ....

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  • Set in Beautiful Parkland  
    Castle Park Arts Centre 

    Visit the historic town of Frodsham and enjoy three galleries, craft units, coffee shop ....

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  • How to Compost 
    Barnton Library 
    15th Jul 2017 

    This workshop for people who want to start composting, or who are already composting but unsuccessfully ....

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  • Scything Workshop 
    Marbury Country Park 
    1st Jul 2017 

    This heritage skill is so environmentally friendly and is increasingly being used by the likes of stately homes and local authorities ....

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  • An Outstanding Day out in Cheshire 
    Lion Salt Works 

    Now open to the public after a £10m restoration and voted the UKs best heritage project  ....

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  • Northwich River Festival 
    Northwich 
    12th Aug 2017 - 13th Aug 2017 

    The Northwich Rotary Club and Northwich Rowing Club are staging a Regatta on the River Weaver ....

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Sankey

Virgin Voyager heads North

A Perfect Place to Visit

Sankey and Penketh lie on the western edge of Warrington and mainly consist of residential development. South of Penketh lies Fiddler’s Ferry a crossing point on the St Helen’s Canal and also an ancient crossing point of the River Mersey. The derivation of the name Fiddler’s Ferry is believed to come from the landowner Adam le Vicleur, which was gradually changed to Violer. This became a player of the viol or fiddle, hence Fiddler.

At one time the major employer in the area was the local tannery. Other industries included brewers, cabinet makers and shoemakers.

In 1757 England’s first canal was in operation between St Helens and Sankey Bridges and apparently it was a common sight to see coal flats lining the canal waiting for the tide.

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