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Published on April 7th, 2021 | by All Things Warrington

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Warrington History Society

Interest in Warrington’s history and heritage has never been higher and there are lots of dedicated local history groups covering areas such as Latchford, Bewsey, Lymm, Culcheth and more. There is only one society however that is dedicated to covering the history and archaeology of the ‘whole’ of Warrington and that is Warrington History Society.

George Carter – the Society’s first chairman.

Warrington History Society was established in 1964 by Cliff Newton and Ken Jermy who had a mutual interest in archaeology. Together with three of their friends, they enlisted the help of George Carter, chief librarian at Warrington Library, and Reg Rimmer, Warrington’s museum director to investigate setting up a local history society for the Warrington area.

Advertisements were placed in the Warrington Guardian inviting the public to attend a meeting on Wednesday, 19th February 1964. Over 130 people turned up and with everyone positive about the idea, a more formal committee meeting was arranged for a fortnight later.

At the first committee meeting, chaired by George Carter, it was formerly agreed to form the ‘Warrington and District Archaeological and Historical Society’. The Society’s first lecture was by Dr J.R. Harris on the “Pattens of Warrington and the Copper Industry” and since then over 380 lectures have taken place.

Over 55 years later and the format of the Society is largely unchanged. It organises an annual programme of talks by guest speakers covering a wide and varied range of topics.

Local historian Harry Wells delivers a 2018 take to members of the Society.

As per its name, it’s main focus is on Warrington but areas such as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside are also included. The Society also organises occasional outings to places of historical interest and publishes articles on Warrington’s past and archaeology on its website.

In 2015 the Society shortened its name to the more succinct “Warrington History Society” and in recent years it has seen its membership numbers increase by over 50%. At some of its more recent lectures (held at Friars Green Chapel in the town centre) there has been standing room only. Due to COVID however it’s 2021/22 season lectures will initially take place online.

For more information on Warrington History Society and how you can join visit www.warringtonhistorysociety.uk


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