WA9 (St. Helens) area guide

St. Helens
The WA9 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bold, Bold Industrial Park, Burtonwood and Winwick, Clock Face, Eccleston, Parr, Parr Industrial Estate, Reginald Road Industrial Estate, Sherdley Road Industrial Estate, St Helens, Sutton, Sutton Leach, Sutton Manor, Thatto Heath, Town Centre.
Located in North West England, St. Helens is a large metropolitan town full of interesting history. St. Helens saw growth during the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries. Up until the mid 1700s, the local industry of St. Helens was mostly based on small and home based linen weaving. Then, the discovery of winnable coal changed the town’s industry, creating a town based on its coal source. In 1757, the Sankey Canal was opened as England’s first industrial canal in St. Helens. Until 1992, St. Helens continued to be a major source of coal throughout England.

St. Helens also had a very large glass industry, which was once the major employer in the town. The Pilkington Brothers company was the main employer in the local glass industry. In fact, St. Helens housed the largest industrial building in England, which was the glass works building. St. Helens was a true industrial town.
Today, St. Helens continues to go through major transformations in the building and style of the city. Former industrial buildings are now being converted into retail and housing units. This project is entitled ‘Re:new St. Helens’ and intends to make St. Helens a better place to live. One of the most impressive regeneration programs is the George Street Quarter program. This program enhanced the area near the railway station by improving building exteriors, parking and much more. Due to its industrial roots, St. Helens contains many large, grey buildings. The regeneration efforts are aimed at eliminating these to make St. Helens a more beautiful town.

The most expensive and desirable streets in WA9 are located around the Eccleston Park Golf Club and Eccelston Park areas. Aynsley Court, Churchill Gardens and Wedgewood Gardens are all located near one another and right on the golf course. Living along the beautiful greenery would be very desirable for inhabitants of St. Helens. Because of the great and beautiful location of these streets, houses sell for about £350,000.

WA9 contains a population of mostly established, working homeowners. The percentage of highly educated residents is far less than the national average. WA9 is a blue-collar, working neighborhood. Most residents hold jobs in the retail or manufacturing industries. Most of the houses found in this postcode are small and semi-detached. Also, most residents are white, as the percent of migrants in WA9 is less than the national average. WA9 is a mainly residential area, as even the most commercial roads are over 70 percent residential.
St. Helens contains a wide range of amenities, ranging from leisure activities to diverse restaurants. On Pocket Nook Street, the Blue Pearl restaurant is a favorite amongst locals and visitors. On the same street, you can find Furnace Mans Arms, a lively pub that is popular with the locals.

St. Helens also contains very high quality primary and secondary schools in the WA9 postcode. Robins Lane Community Primary School, located on Robins Lane in WA9, tests well above the national average in English, Maths and Science.

WA9 contains a very interesting feature, the Dream Sculpture. This sculpture was put in St. Helens in an effort to fill a void left by the closed coal mines. The Dream pays homage to the miners and reflects their dream of light while underground. This sculpture is a highly celebrated part of WA9.

St. Helens is also home to the St. Helens International Arts Festival. Every July a carnival takes place celebrating the arts. This festival adds culture and fun to the St. Helens area.