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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