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Warrington Poems

Published on May 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

From the oldest known Lancashire ballad (‘Warrikin Fair’) to more contemporary prose, a treasure trove of odes, sonnets, rhymes and verse has originated from the town of Warrington. All have one thing in common: they were ... Read More


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‘The Hoagie Wagon’ by John Farquhar

Published on May 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

Christmas Eve, the carpet in The FeathersStuck to my shoe, a little worse for beerAngels, shepherds and virgins all drew nearIn fancy dress to get one for the roadMary kissed a shepherd on the mouthWhile Jesus ... Read More


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‘Warrikin Fair’

Published on April 14th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

Warrikin (Warrington) Fair is believed to be Lancashire’s oldest surviving ballad. It can be dated to around 1548 thanks to its reference to a man named ‘Rondle Shay’ who was recorded in 1548 as being the ... Read More


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‘The Quaint Old Crow’ by Arthur Bennett

Published on April 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

Subtitled ‘Song of An Ancient Inn’, the ‘quaint’ Old Crow referred to in this poem was one of three Warrington pubs accessible via a series of narrow passageways at the top end of Bridge Street (located ... Read More


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‘The Invitation (To Miss B)’ – by Anna Laetitia Barbauld

Published on April 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

‘The Invitation’ was included in Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s first volume of poetry (entitled ‘Poems’) and was written whilst she was living in Warrington between 1758 and 1774. The ‘Miss B’ to whom ‘The Invitation’ is addressed ... Read More


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‘The Aviary’ by Roger Bruton & David McKendrick

Published on April 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

‘The Aviary’, subtitled ‘Winwick Zoological Gardens’ was written in the 1970s by Roger Bruton (1937-2000) and David McKendrick (1942-2009) who worked at Winwick Hospital, one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in Europe. They were inspired to ... Read More


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‘John Howard’ by Arthur Bennett

Published on April 8th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

‘John Howard’ is Arthur Bennett’s poetic tribute to the great 18th century humanitarian and prison reformer John Howard whose book ‘The State of the Prisons in England and Wales’ was published in Warrington in 1877 by ... Read More


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