Lymm's High Street Heroes
PUBLISHED: 18:26 14 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:59 20 February 2013
Lymm is a location with enough attractive shops and natural charms to make it a retail destination WORDS BY POLLY BERKELEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BILLINGTON
Lymm is a delightful place for leisurely shopping, whether youre looking for lingerie with va-va voom, or investment art.
The pretty waterside and atmospheric village atmosphere are a wonderful alternative to a bustling big city vibe and as you might expect, the location inspires a different kind of shop too.
Lymm was a key player in the industrial revolution because the Duke of Bridgewater needed to transport coal from the north in Worsley and he built the Bridgewater canal which split the village in two.
However, this adds rather than detracts from the charm of the place. The canal is now a picturesque backdrop to village life, which includes everything from its own festival in the summer to glamorous art gallery opening parties.
Shops here in the village are varied and independent with an emphasis on personal service. Its a great place for interior design, so if you want feature wallpaper or a home revamp this is a good place to start. Here youll find interesting giftware, stationery and fresh produce too.
When in Lymm, sampling the cafes, inns and restaurants is de rigueur. Everything from acclaimed fish and chips to gastro pub excellence makes this a bit of a foodie mecca.
Spending the afternoon around the shops, followed by a glass of fizz or ale by the log fire in a local inn is reason alone to add Lymm to a must-see list.
You may even spot a celebrity or two while youre in the village. Actor Chris Bisson and Sootys controller Matthew Corbett are two of the high-profile residents who have fallen for its attractions.
The road to Lymm
Where it is Lymm is a large civil parish within the Warrington borough and was an urban district of Cheshire from 1894 to 1974. The parish incorporates the hamlets of Booths Hill, Broomedge, Church Green, Deansgreen, Heatley, Heatley Heath, Little Oughtrington, Reddish, Rushgreen and Statham.
About Lymm The creation by the Duke of Bridgewater, of the Bridgewater canal in 1759 split the village in two, though it made Lymm a significant location in the industrial revolution.
It became a hotspot for Victorian entrepreneurs when the Great North western railway opened in 1853. The railway finally closed in 1989 and the old track is now part of the Trans-Pennine Trail. other legacy of the Victorian era is the Manchester Ship Canal, which opened in 1894 and skirts the village to the north.
Marking more ancient origins is The Cross in the centre of the village which is based on ancient steps carved out of the natural red stone. Four stone pillars support the landmark, which some say dates back to the 14th century.