WA7 (Runcorn) area guide
The WA7 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Astmoor, Astmoor Bridge, Astmoor Industrial Estate, Aston, Beechwood, Brookvale, Castlefields, Cheshire, Clifton, Daresbury, Grange, Hallwood Park, Halton, Halton Brook, Halton Lea, Halton Lodge, Heath, Manor Park, Mersey, Milton Weaver, Murdishaw, Norton, Norton North, Norton South, Palacefields, Preston Brook, Runcorn, Sandymoor, Sutton Weaver, Weston, Weston Point, Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Windmill Hill.
Runcorn was a small, isolated village until the Industrial Revolution, and in the late 18th and early 19th centuries it was a health resort. Towards the end of the 18th century a port developed on the south bank of the River Mersey. During the 19th century industries developed, in a particular manufacture of soap and alkali, quarrying, shipbuilding, engineering, and tanning. In the 20th century the prime industries were chemicals and tanning. Soon the original village had grown to include what were outlying villages.
The population of Runcorn is approximately 61,548 with a median age of 35 years old. The average price value for a three bedroom property is around £102,000, and for a four bedroom property it is about £167,000, both of which are below the national average. One of the most expensive streets to live on is Norton Village Gardens with an average property value of £372,600. At the other end of the scale, one of the least expensive streets to live on is Keepers Walk , where you can buy a flat for an average of £38,900. The most residential street in the area is The Glen which is home to about 371 residents and has an average property value of £74,800. Terraced houses are the most readily available type of property in the area making up 38.23 per cent of the total. A high proportion of the property in the area is socially rented, but the majority of it is owner occupied.
The Brindley Theatre offers a first-class entertainment venue at the heart of Runcorn. A range of productions are shown throughout the year, from pantomime and comedy, to musical events and serious drama. There is also a café bar that overlooks the canal, and it is located on High Street.
The Sandstone Trail is a great day-long activity to enjoy with you friends or family and is located on Main Street. It follows a sandstone ridge that is just over 30 miles long and stretches from Frodsham to Whitchurch. The walk can be broken into three separate sections.
To enjoy a little fine dining, visit some of the local restaurants, including The Coterie Restaurant, Piccolino Italian Restaurant, Desii Indian Cuisine and Tom at 101 Restaurant and Bar. There are quite a few bars and pubs to go to as well, i.e. The Clarendon, Dukesfield, Halfway House, The Norton Arms, The Waterloo Hotel and Windmill.
Some of the primary schools in the area are St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Palacefields Primary School, and Hallwood Park Primary School and Nursery. A few secondary schools in WA7 are St. Chad’s Catholic High School, Grange Comprehensive School, and Halton High School.