LATCHFORD is a suburb and electoral ward of
England. It is around one mile south-east of
Warrington town centre
and has a total resident population of 7,856.
Latchford is a predominantly residential area,
Latchford lies between
River Mersey and the
Manchester Ship Canal
Manchester Ship Canal , and broadly consists
of 19th-century terraced housing and some open space. The canal is
crossed here by a swing bridge , a high level road bridge and the now
Latchford railway viaduct.
Its name came from Anglo-Saxon Læccford = "Boggy-stream ford".
* 1 History
Latchford Railway Viaduct
* 2 Geography
* 3 Communal facilities
* 3.1 Victoria Park
* 3.2 Black Bear Park
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Latchford was originally a township in the ancient parish of
Grappenhall , in
Cheshire . It was also part of Bucklow Hundred , and
was close to the border with
Between 1894 and 1974, part of
Latchford was placed within the County
Warrington , and the registration county of
whilst the rest of
Latchford became a civil parish named "Latchford
Without" and was transferred to
With the local government reforms of 1974 , as part of the newly
Cheshire borough of Warrington,
Latchford was transferred back
LATCHFORD RAILWAY VIADUCT
Latchford viaduct was opened on 8 July 1893 to carry the London and
North Western Railway 's Stockport to
Warrington line over the
Manchester Ship Canal. The wrought iron viaduct, with a span of 250
feet (76 m), weighed more than 1,200 tonnes. The last passengers
service ran in 1962, but the line continued to carry freight. It
finally closed to all traffic in July 1985, when it was deemed too
expensive to make extensive repairs to keep
Latchford Locks looking east as an ocean liner, with tugs,
leaves for the Eastham end of the canal. Smaller lock at centre, and
ship berth at right
Latchford was chosen as the location of intermediate locks on the
Manchester Ship Canal. These comprise a larger lock for ocean-going
vessels and a smaller lock to its south for coasters, tugs and barges.
A ship mooring area was provided on the canal's south bank and enabled
two large vessels to pass each other at this point. The locks are
still used, but less often than before, as hardly any ships now go to
the terminal docks at Manchester and Salford.
Latchford is bounded to the south by the
Manchester Ship Canal
Manchester Ship Canal and
Stockton Heath and to the north by the
River Mersey and Howley .
Victoria Park is an open space beside the Mersey, with a modern
sports stadium and a skateboard park. It contains a large Georgian
manor house, previously the Old Warps maternity hospital, subsequently
converted into flats. Nearby is a narrow Victorian suspension bridge,
Howley Bridge, which provides pedestrian access between Howley and
Victoria Park is on the site of the Old Warps Estate. In 1897 the
local council bought the estate from the owners and converted it into
a park to provide an amenity for the local working-class people of the
terraced housing of industrial Latchford. To mark the Diamond Jubilee
of Queen Victoria the park was named "Victoria Park". The Georgian
manor house "Old Warps" still stands and has been converted to a
Before work on the Mersey commenced, Victoria Park was under the
River Mersey , in an area that was considered dangerous by even the
most experienced seamen. In 1724 various new weirs were built along
the course of the
River Mersey due to its often treacherous nature.
The course of the Mersey was then altered and the land was converted
into the Old Warps Estate. A weir was built and is still monitored 24
hours a day by a "weir man" from a wooden building situated about the
weir, which is the tidal limit of the Mersey. The Mersey is so
improved now that salmon and trout are often seen, as are herons,
kingfishers and cormorants, especially in the wide pool on the river
bend below the weir.
Access to Howley is provided by a suspension bridge for pedestrians,
recently renovated by
Warrington Borough Council.
Victoria Park has a large running track which is the home of
Warrington Athletic Club, and has bowling greens, a skate-park and
various other leisure facilities. A 5 km run against the clock is
organised by the group
Parkrun most Saturday mornings. Old Manor Lock
marks the northern end of the park.
The skate-park has about 40 visitors each day, including
skateboarders , roller-skaters , BMXers and mountain bikers . It has
four main sections (three of which are bowls) and one main flat part.
There is also a ramp of about 10 ft, mainly used by inline-skaters.
BLACK BEAR PARK
Black Bear Canal , now infilled and used as Black Bear Park, once ran
from docks on the
Manchester Ship Canal
Manchester Ship Canal near Wilderspool Causeway (to
the west of Latchford) to the Mersey at Manor Lock in Howley,
providing a shortcut for shipping, avoiding a large river bend and
In 1804, an eight-mile long canal was built between
Runcorn . It was named the Old Quay Canal. Once the Manchester Ship
Canal was dug, in the 1890s, it was shortened to one mile, from
Stockton Heath to the
River Mersey , at Manor Lock. It was renamed the
Black Bear Canal. The Black Bear Canal remained in use for the
transport of South American hides to tanneries, until the 1960s, when
it fell into disuse.
Warrington Borough Council bought the land. After a local boy drowned
in the late 1960s, it was converted in 1981 into a parkland forming a
line from Victoria Park and the banks of the
River Mersey , through to
Stockton Heath . The park also forms a part of the Trans Pennine Trail
United Kingdom Census 2001. "
neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
* ^ A B C A vision of Britain through time. "A vision of Latchford
CP/Ch". Retrieved 14 June 2007.
* ^ A B GENUKI. "Latchford". Retrieved 14 June 2007.
* ^ "
Parkrun information. Prkrun Warrington.
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