Before we look at the fame or the infamy of Winnington, let's look at its church, St Luke's, writes historian Paul Hurley.

It was erected in 1897 but due to deterioration, closed and demolished in 2015. The congregation moved to the old library at Winnington Rec.

Now suitably upgraded it serves as an interim if active parish.

The massive Brunner Mond/ICI opened works at Wallerscote and Winnington and employed thousands of mid Cheshire folk.

It was here in 1933 that chemists were working on polymers when they accidentally discovered polythene.

Well, they inadvertently found a waxy substance that they called Polyetheline which became better known as Polythene.

By 1938 ICI had perfected it, and this new plastic helped the war effort greatly over the next few years.

Unfortunately plastic is currently becoming unpopular due to its longevity in the oceans of the world.

Onwards to the Winnington Turn Bridge over the River Weaver.

After the first English Civil War and the execution of King Charles, there were uprisings ordered by his son the Prince of Wales, later King Charles II who was in exile abroad.

Only one of these uprisings came to fruition, if not a success, and that was the one under the command of Sir George Booth, called The Battle of Winnington Bridge.

It was a one-sided scuffle with Booth's Royalists holding the high ground on the Barnton side. Parliamentarian, Major General John Lambert's cavalry crossed the bridge, and there was a short skirmish.

Booth's forces scattered with one of Lambert's men and about thirty of Booth's insurgents killed. Booth escaped dressed as a woman, and was later arrested in Newport Pagnell while shaving!

He was locked in the Tower of London and the following year, released and made MP for Cheshire being one of twelve MPs appointed to convey the message to the Prince of Wales to return to England.

The prince did so to wild rejoicing, and in the following year, he was crowned King Charles II. Sir George Booth was awarded £10,000 and became Lord Delamer in thanks for his dedication to the Royalist cause.