Homeward Bound

Photographer, James Wrigley explores community and pride in the Northern industrial town of Widnes

Words by James Wrigley

Widnes lies just over the Lancashire border in Cheshire, a working class town in the Cheshire plains, the richest belt of Britain. A nether world of mixed affiliations, Widnes is one of the smaller towns in the urban sprawl between Manchester and Liverpool. The Rugby League belt of St Helens, Warrington and Runcorn joined together by industrial estates and Barratts homes, a never-ending sprawl between the two big cities.

Each town has its own fierce pride, its own accent, its own rules, its own fierce stubborn independence, as if defying the inevitable swallowing up by the North West big city megapolis.

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Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.

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