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Widnes, Halton

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Widnes, Halton

Widnes is an industrial town within the borough of Halton, in Cheshire, England, with an urban area population of 58,300 in 2010. Historically part of Lancashire, it is located on the northern bank of the River Mersey where the estuary narrows to form the Runcorn Gap. Directly to the south across the Mersey is the town of Runcorn. Upstream and 8 miles to the east is the town of Warrington, and downstream to the west is the neighbouring area of Speke, of the city of Liverpool.
Post townWIDNES
Administrative CountyHalton
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSJ5185
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCheshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCheshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCheshire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code0151

Widnes, Halton in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Widnes, manufacturing town and township, Prescot par., SW. Lancashire, on river Mersey, 13 miles SE. of Liverpool, 3339 ac. (314 water), pop. 24,935; 1 Bank, 3 newspapers. Widnes rose from a population of less than 2000 in 1851 to nearly 25,000 in 1881. It has extensive chemical, alkali, soda, soap, candle, grease, and manure works; it has also iron foundries, and copper-smelting and rolling mills. Docks were constructed in 1866, and extended in 1884. Between Widnes and Runcorn the Mersey is spanned by a magnificent railway bridge.

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