Well, what can we say about Runcorn? It certainly gets our pulse racing as whilst it may not have the thrill of classic architecture such as that found in Liverpool or Manchester, and despite not being a place one would automatically associate with fashion, culture or finance, it’s home to Aqueous SEO and as such very dear to our hearts! So to write Runcorn off would be premature as you barely have to scratch the surface to find something worth commending about the town.
Sitting on the banks of the River Mersey, Runcorn can trace its roots back to Roman times, and with artifacts turning up every now and then from the Stone, Iron and Bronze ages there is evidence that this area has been settled for a long time.
Despite spending a long time quite literally ‘in the wilderness’, it started to really take shape as the area we know today around the turn of the 19th Century. It became a critical hub point in the newly emerging canal network and sitting as it did between the Sea, River Mersey and the canals it quickly developed as a port in its own right. Runcorn then started to develop its own industries which were quick to take advantage of its unique location and quarrying, engineering, shipbuilding, tanning and chemical industries quickly grew up in the area.
Between 1868 and 1905 a series of developments made Runcorn even more attractive to business as it saw the opening of the Runcorn Railway Bridge, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Runcorn Transporter Bridge for cars, connecting it for the first time to Widnes on the North bank of the river.
By 1926 the amalgamation of four local firms into ICI saw the beginning of a firm that would dominate the town for the remainder of the century and even today its legacy is still felt wherever you look, despite being taken over by Ineos. In fact the offices that Aqueous SEO operate from in the Heath Business and Technical Park were once the main offices of ICI in Runcorn.
These days Runcorn is better known for its representation in programmes such as ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’, showing the iconic Runcorn Bridge (also known as the Silver Jubilee Bridge) in the opening credits, than anything else. In fact if you come on a voyage of discovery to Runcorn you may have a job seeing anything of the actual town unless you make a conscious effort to drop off the ring road, which is quite effective these days in shielding you from anything of interest.
Once you do get into the town you can still see a lot of its industrial past, but these days it is mixed with some innovative modern developments which utilise modern architecture to good effect and make good use of the views over the River Mersey, which is partly what drove the founding of the initial settlement of Runcorn. In fact it was at one point in the early 19th Century regarded as a health resort, something you wouldn’t necessarily credit today as you stand near the windswept banks of the river.
Of late the town has become something of a focus for protest as Ineos Chlor were granted permission to build an 850,000 Energy from Waste incinerator, just off the Western bypass road at Picow Farm Road, and this could now be completed by early 2013. The protestors were dismayed at the fact that this makes the plant the single biggest Incinerator in Europe and is set to burn through the un-recyclable portion of Greater Manchester’s annual 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste. In fact as you now drive down the Western bypass you cans see the 105 meter chimney which now dominates the skyline.
Despite this, Runcorn still attracts significant inward investment every year and is very much at the forefront of the region’s regeneration. With significant investment in the region arriving every year and lots of start up firms, such as Aqueous SEO, then Runcorn is still set fair to benefit from growth as the economy recovers. We’re just happy to be part of that growth and regeneration and if you have a business in Runcorn that would like to be part of the growth story, and need help with your online presence, then feel free to contact us on 0800 285 1424 or email us. We’re happy to help!
Aqueous SEO Head offices are based in Runcorn (Warrington). We offer custom SEO in and around the Runcorn area.
SEO Runcorn is one of the specialists areas we cover.
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