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Do Warrington represent Cheshire in Rugby League?

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Warrington is not in Cheshire any more.

I lived there until 1998 and it was at that point......ok, the council was Warrinton Borough Council but all our post came in addressed as......Warrington, Cheshire......cop cars were all Cheshire what changed and when?

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The Lieutenancies Act 1997 defines modern counties and the local government areas contained within each.

Lieutenancies Act 1997

c23 Section 1

1 Lieutenancies in Great Britain.

(1) A lord-lieutenant shall be appointed by Her Majesty for each county in England, each county in Wales and each area in Scotland (other than the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow).

(2) The Lord Provost of each of the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow is, by virtue of his office, lord-lieutenant for that city.

(3) Her Majesty may appoint lieutenants (in addition to the lord-lieutenant) for any county or area.

(4) Schedule 1 to this Act (which identifies the areas which are counties in England and Wales and areas in Scotland for the purposes of the lieutenancies) shall have effect; and in this Act “county” and “area” shall be construed accordingly.



[The aforementioned Section 1]


Counties and areas for the purposes of the lieutenancies in Great Britain


1The provisions of this Schedule identify the areas which constitute counties in England, counties in Wales or areas in Scotland for the purposes of the lieutenancies in Great Britain.

Counties in England

2 The counties in England for the purposes of this Act are—

a) Greater London (excluding the City of London);

b} the areas which are to be regarded as counties for those purposes by virtue of paragraph 3; and

c) any other areas in England which are counties for the purposes of the M1Local Government Act 1972.

3 The local government areas (or parts of local government areas) described in each entry in the second column of the following Table shall be regarded for the purposes of this Act as one county to be known by the name specified in the first column.


County for the purposes of this Act ==> Local government areas

Bedfordshire ==> Bedfordshire and Luton

Buckinghamshire ==> Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Cambridgeshire ==> Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cheshire ==> Cheshire, Halton and Warrington

Derbyshire ==> Derbyshire and Derby

Amendment in 2009

In The Local Government (Structural Changes) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provision) Order 2009, No.837, Part 3, Article 10, in the second column of the table in paragraph 3 (see above):-

for “Cheshire” (against the entry “Cheshire” in the first column) (2) substitute “Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester,”

Therefore the county of Cheshire, as it exists in this moment in time in statute, consists of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warringtom.

So Warrington, and any town in Halton for that matter, is currently in Cheshire.

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Take a look here: http://en.wikipedia....ngle_(Cheshire)

Whereas this will tell you more about Warrington:

Those know-nothings in London back in the 1970s had no idea how to draw county boundaries in the north. They stuck Warrington in Cheshire because it (wisely) did not want to be part of Merseyside when it's right beside the Mersey and so should have been in Merseyside (a county which no longer exists except in the mind of certain local politicians and the BBC) but in fact was, like its near neighbours St Helens, Widnes and Wigan, historically in Lancashire and so should have stayed there (as should St Helens, Widnes and Wigan).

Does that make Stockport in Merseyside, as the River runs through the town centre?

Stockport County were the football league side nearest the Mersey when they were in the League - Well know Pub Quiz Trick Question

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Wilderspool was never in the County Palatine of Lancashire as it lay south of the Mersey, but north of the Ship Canal. In 1889 the area immediately around Wilderspool became part of administrative Lancashire with the boundary moving one mile south.

So, when Wilderpool was built and it became home to Warrington, it was indeed in Cheshire. The HJ Stadium is firmly in Palatinate Lancashire. I got funny looks at work once for writing the office address as Lancashire and not Cheshire.

It's all irrelevant anyway. I'm from Ulverston and I'd never consider myself Lancastrian.

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Lets not have another 'Salford is not in Manchester' debate. Those in denial probably also claim Buckingham palace isn't in London, it's in Westminster. While that fact is true, try telling that to the 6 billion other people in the world who know it is in London.

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