As part of the conversion a new bicycle and footpath will be added. After reopening there will be no access to the bridge from the A, the trumpet loop access roads will be demolished to make way for a new leisure and retail facility called the "Station Quarter". A motte and bailey castle built circa was replaced with one made from local sandstone in the 13th century.
The castle is listed as an Ancient Monument. Incorporated in the castle walls is the Castle Hotel building, which used to include a courthouse and prison, and is now a public house. An important historical site and the major visitor centre in the town is Norton Priory , now a museum. The site contains the remains of a priory with adjacent gardens, formerly of a country house. Nearby are a walled garden , including a national collection of tree quinces , and an ice house.
The building was designed by Charles Verelst and the gardens were planned by Edward Kemp. The memorial is Grade II listed with Historic England and commemorates those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars , as well as those killed in later conflicts. There are several listed buildings in Runcorn of some importance.
The Brindley is a theatre and arts centre which opened in It is situated in the old town centre and named after James Brindley , engineer of the adjacent Bridgewater Canal. The centre is owned and administered by Halton Borough Council which runs community events in the building. Runcorn has been used for the shooting of films and television programmes. Some of the sequences in the first two series of the BBC police drama Merseybeat were filmed in and around the town.
This is a non-commercial radio station which is run by volunteers. Before the building of Runcorn Railway Bridge and its attached footbridge, the only way to cross the Mersey at or near Runcorn Gap, other than by the dangerous method of fording , was by ferry. The ferry has a history going back to the 12th century. It includes the lines:. Per trip or per part of per trip. The main library is at Runcorn Shopping City with a branch library in the old town centre.
There are four large parks in Runcorn, all of which hold the Green Flag Award. Open areas in Runcorn form part of Mersey Forest , one of Britain's community forests. Originally planned as a District General Hospital , it was never large enough to provide a full range of services.
Acute medical services have been transferred to Warrington Hospital and Halton General has become a centre for non-emergency surgery and rehabilitation. Although it never had its own accident and emergency department, the hospital has an Urgent Care Centre for basic emergency care. Halton Haven Hospice is in the Murdishaw area of the town. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service maintains a 24 hour fire station in the town. When plans for Runcorn New Town were drawn up, they included three distinct types of road: local roads, expressways and busways.
The expressways form a ring road around the town in a figure of eight and are intended to keep all through traffic off the local roads. The Busway is a system of roads for use by buses only, and bears no resemblance to guided busways or bus lanes in use elsewhere, as it is a totally separate road system, not running alongside or down the middle of existing roads.
It was designed so that most residents would be no more than five minutes walking distance, or yards National Express coaches call at Runcorn,  and other coach services are provided by Selwyns Travel ,  and Anthony's Travel, who are both based in the town. In addition, there is a network of dedicated cycleways in the town.
There are two railway stations. Runcorn East station , located in the Murdishaw district of the new town, is managed by Transport for Wales , and provides services to Warrington , Manchester , Chester and North Wales. It also has a Sunday League and a Junior League. Runcorn Linnets were formed as a trust-based team in from the now defunct Runcorn F. It has existed in various guises since , and its performance peaked in when it won the Alliance Premier League , then the highest division below the Football League.
Runcorn Town was formed in as Mond Rangers FC with the club changing their name in in order to "try and bring a more professional look to the club in general, and increase support from both businesses and individuals in the local community. In the late 19th century, and prior to the schism , rugby union was played at the now defunct Runcorn RFC.
Runcorn played from the —96 season through to the end of —15 season. They won the Lancashire League in both the —96 and — seasons, and were losing semi-finalists in —07 Rugby Football League Championship. During the early part of the 20th century, five rugby league players from Runcorn played for both Great Britain , and England.
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Rugby league in the town is now represented by Runcorn RLC. Runcorn also has its own professional wrestling training-school, Runcorn Wrestling Academy, based in Grangeway. Adjacent to the latter is Runcorn Ski Centre. The local authority runs two leisure centres at Runcorn Swimming Pool and Brookvale Recreation Centre in addition to outdoor sporting facilities in its parks.
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