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


Warrington Poems

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 inspired by, or written by people from, Warrington.

Many of these poems are listed below. Simply click on the title to read the poem. Background information on the writer and subject matter is also often provided. 

List of poems

A Bumper of Warrington AleUnknown1850 (approx)
Address to a Warrington TheatreJohn Fitchett1818
Epistle to Dr. Enfield on his revisiting Warrington in 1789Anna Laetitia Barbauld1789
Family Fortunes (The Smiths of School Brow)Stan Smith 2006
Heaven in WarringtonArthur Bennett1907
John HowardArthur Bennett1907
Sadness Is Wasted HappinessHarry Hayes2013
Last Bus Home (Warrington Bus Station, Nov. 1984)Andy Green2015
The Aviary (Winwick Zoological Gardens)Roger Bruton/David McKendrick1975
The Bewsey Ballads (The murder of Sir John Butler)Traditional1700-1850 (approx)
The Hoagie WagonJohn Farquhar2019
The Hoagie WagonBrian Palfreman2009
The InvitationAnna Laetitia Barbauld1775 (approx)
The Quaint Old Crow (Song of an Ancient Inn)Arthur Bennett1904
The Tide Will TurnHarry Hayes2010
Time And TideHarry Hayes2013
Warrikin FairTraditional1548
Warrington FairTraditional/Andy Green2015
Where The Old Fish Market Once StoodAndy Green2013

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