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Full nameBorough of Warrington
Official nameBorough of Warrington
Settlement typeBorough & Unitary authority area (1998)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCheshire
Admin HQWarrington Town Hall
Founded8th century
(exact date unknown)
Town charter12th century
(exact date unknown)
Unitary Authority status1998
TypeUnitary authority
Governing bodyWarrington Borough Council
MayorJohn Joyce
MPs:Helen Jones (L)
David Mowat (C)
Total Population  (Ranked  ) ( )
Ethnicity96.9% White
1.2% South Asian
Other information
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
PostcodeWA 1-5 and 13
Area code01925
ISO 3166-2GB-WRT
ONS code00EU
OS grid reference 

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Warrington is a town, borough and unitary authority area of Cheshire, England. It stands on the banks of the River Mersey, which is tidal to the west of the weir at Howley. It lies 16 Miles east of Liverpool, 19 miles west of Manchester and 8 miles south of St Helens. The population of the town is 80,661, and the Borough of Warrington, including its 18 civil parishes, is around 200,000. Its population has more than doubled since its designation as a New Town in 1968.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Warrington was founded by the Romans at an important crossing place on the River Mersey. A new settlement was established by the Saxons and by the Middle Ages, Warrington had emerged as a market town at a bridging point of the river. A local tradition of textile and tool production dates from this time.

The expansion and urbanisation of Warrington largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution, particularly after the Mersey was made navigable in the 18th century. The West Coast Mainline runs north to south through the town, and the Liverpool to Manchester railway (the Cheshire Lines route) west to east. The Manchester Ship Canal cuts through the south of the borough (west to east). The M6, M56 and M62 motorways form a partial box around the town.

People born (or living) in Warrington are known as Warringtonians. The modern Borough of Warrington was formed in 1974 with the amalgamation of the former County Borough of Warrington, part of the Golborne Urban District, the Lymm Urban District, part of the Runcorn Rural District, the Warrington Rural District and part of the Whiston Rural District.

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