Lymm /ˈlɪm/ LIM is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Warrington, England, which incorporates the hamlets of Booths Hill, Broomedge, Church Green, Deansgreen, Heatley, Heatley Heath, Little Heatley, Oughtrington, Reddish, Rushgreen and Statham. At the 2011 Census it had a population of 12,350.[1]

Bridgewater Street, Lymm
Lymm is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population12,350 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ685875
Civil parish
  • Lymm
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLYMM
Postcode districtWA13
Dialling code01925
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′00″N 2°28′30″W / 53.383399°N 2.475034°W / 53.383399; -2.475034Coordinates: 53°23′00″N 2°28′30″W / 53.383399°N 2.475034°W / 53.383399; -2.475034


The name, of Celtic origins, means a "place of running water" and is likely derived from an ancient stream that ran through the village centre.[2] Lymm was an urban district of Cheshire from 1894 to 1974.


The village is split between the Lymm South ward and the Lymm North and Thelwall ward of the Borough of Warrington. Lymm South has two councillors, both Conservative following the 2016 local elections; while the Lymm North and Thelwall ward has three councillors, all Liberal Democrats as of the 2016 elections.

There is also a 12-member Lymm Parish Council. Following the 2016 elections, there are 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 Conservatives and 2 independent councillors.

Lymm is twinned with Meung-sur-Loire.[3]



Note: statistics expressed as percentages may not add up to 100%. Census data is based on that of Lymm Ward.[4]

  • Total population: 11,040 residents[5]
  • Male:female ratio: 49.1%:50.9%
  • Average age of population: 40.3 years

Ethnicity breakdownEdit

  • 98.2% White
  • 0.7% Mixed
  • 0.1% Black
  • 0.6% Asian
  • 0.4% Other

Housing and social situationEdit

  • Households: 4,431
    • 83.2% are owner occupied
    • 9.5% are socially rented (i.e. council houses)
    • 5.6% are privately rented
    • 1.7% are rent free


  • 65.4% are employed.
  • 2.0% are unemployed.
  • 2.2% are full-time students (therefore classed as active).
  • 30.4% are classed as "economically inactive".


  • 18.8% have no qualifications.
  • 40.8% have level 1 or 2 qualifications only.
  • 34.2% have level 3 or higher (i.e. non-compulsory) qualifications.

Lymm High School is located in the community. The school accepts students from Lymm and in the surrounding villages and hamlets.

Lymm is home to four primary schools: Oughtrington Community Primary School, Ravenbank Community Primary School, Cherry Tree Primary School and Statham Community Primary School.

The Manchester Japanese School (マンチェスター日本人補習授業校 Manchesutā Nihonjin Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese educational programme, is held at the Language Centre at Lymm High School.[6]


Lymm village centre is a designated conservation area, notable for its historic buildings, both listed and unlisted. These include the French-style terracotta former town hall (currently unlisted); St Peter's Church, Oughtrington Hall and Lodge, formerly owned by a cadet branch of the Leigh family and now Lymm High School; and Lymm Hall, a former Domville family residence.[7] Foxley Hall, home to a cadet branch of the ancient Booth family before ownership passed to the Carlisle family,[8] is no longer standing, but fustian-cutting cottages on Church Road and Arley Grove do survive. The parish church of St Peter, Oughtrington, is an example of Gothic Revival architecture.[9] St Mary's Church, Lymm,[10] overlooking Lymm Dam, was in a state of disrepair by the mid-1800s so the Leigh family commissioned the noted Newcastle architect John Dobson to rebuild it. The 1521 tower was retained and raised, but the need for additional stonework meant the tower was rebuilt in 1887.

Lymm Cross, usually known simply as "the Cross", is a Grade I listed structure dating from the 17th century, restored in 1897.[11][12]

Lymm Heritage Centre, which opened in June 2017, is in the centre of the village on Legh Street. It hosts exhibitions related to local history as well as activities for schools and visitors.


The Bridgewater Canal at Lymm

The M56 (junctions 7 and 9) and M6 (junction 20) motorways are both within 3 miles (4.8 km) of Lymm.[13] The conjunction of these motorways with the A50[14] is known as the Lymm Interchange, and hosts a service station known as the Poplar 2000 services, a well-used truck stop. The A56 also passes just south of the village, connecting the nearby towns of Warrington and Altrincham.[15] Buses to Lymm from Warrington and Altrincham are frequent on weekdays and Saturdays.[16][17]


The Bridgewater Canal passes through the centre of Lymm. The Manchester Ship Canal passes to the north, and beyond its route lies the River Mersey. To the east of Lymm the River Bollin flows along the village's border with Warburton and the borough of Trafford.


Lymm Railway Trail

Lymm railway station was on Whitbarrow Road. It opened on 1 November 1853. There was a further station at Heatley, on Mill Lane, for salt and lead. The line closed to passengers on 10 September 1962; it was officially closed to all types of traffic on 7 July 1985, but lasted a few months. Then it became financially unviable, and the tracks and sleepers were rapidly lifted. Today the old track forms a good stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail, with a ranger station at Statham, near the centre of the village. To the east, the track ran via Dunham into Broadheath and the Manchester network. To the west, the track used to run into Warrington, via Latchford, and the tar processing on Loushers Lane, then into Bank Quay Low Level. The entire section is now pathways, except for the high-level bridge crossing the ship canal, whose future is yet to be decided. Lymm today has no railway station; the closest stations are at Birchwood, Warrington, Knutsford and Altrincham.

RAF Air CadetsEdit

2137 (Lymm) Squadron formed in 1964 as part of the programme to reestablish units that had been closed following the Second World War. They formed at Park Road in Broomedge with a wooden spooner hut. In 2015 this was demolished to make way for a new £300,000 facility which was opened in 2016.[18] In April 2018 the Squadron lead the Royal Air Force Air Cadets action to commemorate the Royal Air Force centenary by travelling to the first RAF airfield at Saint-Omer in France and parading on behalf of the RAF and Ministry of Defence.[19]

The badge of 2137 (Lymm) Squadron with the Lymm Cross at its centre.


Association football is played at Lymm F.C. (three teams) Lymm Rovers F.C. and Lymm Piranhas J.F.C., whilst Lymm Rugby Union Club[20] fields four teams on a regular basis. There is angling at Lymm Dam and at Meadow View, Whitbarrow Road, Statham, where there are three-man-made lakes stocked with a variety of fish. Angling is represented by the Lymm Angling Club.[21]

Lymm has a number of other sports facilities, including Lymm Golf Club[22] and nearby High Legh Park Golf Club; Lymm Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club;[23] Lymm Oughtrington Park Cricket Club,[24] whose home ground is in the former grounds of Oughtrington Hall, a former ancestral home of a cadet branch of the Leigh family; and Lymm Leisure Centre[25] which is next door to the cricket club at Lymm High School. Burford Lane Farm is one of many horse riding venues in north Cheshire. Crown green bowling takes place in Stage Lane, the Oughtrington club having been established over a hundred years.

Lymm has a number of cycling (Lymm Velo Club), triathlon (Cheshire CAT) and running clubs (Lymm Runners).

Notable peopleEdit

David Strettle, 2006
  • Elizabeth Pulman (1836 in Lymm – 1900), British-born New Zealand photographer, the country's first female professional photographer, emigrated 1861
  • Gerard Dewhurst J.P. (1872–1956), English cotton merchant, banker and amateur footballer, earning one international cap for England in 1895; grew up at Oughtrington Hall in Lymm
  • Cicely Fox Smith (1882 in Lymm – 1954), English poet and writer
  • Kenneth Carlisle (1882 in Lymm – 1967), English cricketer active from 1903 to 1905 who played for Oxford University
  • Robert Westall (1929–1993), author, lived on Woodland Drive in Lymm until his death
  • Sir John Stalker (1939–2019), former Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, lived in Lymm
  • Alex Timpson MBE (1946 in Lymm – 2016), British campaigner for children's rights
  • Andrew Murray (born 1956), English professional golfer, lives in Lymm
  • Aiden Byrne (born 1972), English chef who starred in Great British Menu, owns The Church Green in Lymm
  • David Strettle (born 1983 in Lymm), Saracens F.C. rugby union player
  • Dan Logan (born 1985), English musician, brought up in Lymm
  • Harry Worley (born 1988 in Lymm), retired English professional footballer, 140 professional appearances
  • Tom Murray (born 1990), English professional golfer, lives in Lymm

In popular cultureEdit

The 2011 television series Candy Cabs was filmed in Lymm.[26] The 2015 Sky 1 television series After Hours was filmed in Lymm in 2014.[27]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Lymm". Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Lymm Ward" (PDF). Warrington Borough Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Lymm Village website".
  6. ^ "Contact Us." Manchester Japanese School. Retrieved on 15 February 2015. "Oughtrington Lane, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0RB, United Kingdom (Language Centre at Lymm High School)"
  7. ^ "The Domvilles of Lymm, Cheshire".
  8. ^ "Kenneth Carlisle statistics". Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Home". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  10. ^ "St Mary's Lymm". Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Lymm Cross (Grade I) (1227014)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Lymm Cross (1227014)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  13. ^ "M6 Junction 20A". Google Maps. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  14. ^ "Poplar 2000". Google Maps. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  15. ^ "Lymm village". Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  16. ^ "Warrington Borough Transport". Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  17. ^ "GMPTE Timetable for routes 5, 37, 37A, 38" (PDF). Retrieved 5 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Lymm Life, page 7" (PDF). lymmlife.Co. uk. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Warrington Guardian, page 7". 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Lymm Rugby Football Club". Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  21. ^ "Lymm Angling Club". Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  22. ^ "Lymm Golf Club". Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  23. ^ "Lymm Tennis Club". Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  24. ^ "Lymm Oughtrington Park Cricket Club". Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  25. ^ "Lymm Leisure Centre". Lymm High School. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  26. ^ Bourne, Dianne (4 February 2011). "Video: Candy Cabs stars love Lymm". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Lymm-based Sky comedy After Hours hits screens on November 2". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2016.

External linksEdit

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