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Penketh is a civil parish and suburb of Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Warrington town centre. It has a population of 8,699.[1]

The Ferry Tavern - Sankey Canal - - 529050.jpg
The Ferry Tavern public house, Penketh
Penketh is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population8,699 (2001)
OS grid referenceSJ595891
Civil parish
  • Penketh
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWarrington
Postcode districtWA5
Dialling code01925
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′15″N 2°39′22″W / 53.3874°N 2.6561°W / 53.3874; -2.6561Coordinates: 53°23′15″N 2°39′22″W / 53.3874°N 2.6561°W / 53.3874; -2.6561

The name is derived from two Brythonic words: *penno- (head) and *kēto- (trees) (Welsh pen coed); suggesting that the parish, at one time was on the outskirts of a forest. The emblem/badge of Penketh is three kingfishers.



Penketh was originally part of Prescot parish but became a chapelry and then a separate parish. It grew due to the crossing over the Mersey at Fiddlers Ferry and the building of the Sankey Canal. The area was mainly rural and agricultural until well into the 20th century, though a tannery and boatyard were established in the 19th century.

The last 50 years has seen the area transformed into a large residential suburb.


Historically within Lancashire, the parish has a Parish Council and is a ward of Warrington Borough. It is in Warrington South constituency of the United Kingdom Parliament. Until the major local government reorganisation of 1974, Penketh was part of Warrington Rural District.


The former tannery and boatyard were the only major industries in Penketh. Fiddlers Ferry Power Station dominates Penketh, though it is in Cuerdley parish.


There is a parish church (St Paul's, Church of England), and a Catholic church (St Joseph's). There is a strong nonconformist tradition as exemplified by the Methodist chapel in Chapel Road. The Quakers were well represented at one time; the Meeting House was the present village hall on Meeting Lane.


The secondary school is Penketh High School.[2] The primary schools in the area are Penketh Community Primary School (a feeder school for Penketh High School), Penketh South Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and St Vincent's Catholic Primary School.


Pubs in the area include the Ferry Tavern, the Crown & Cushion, the Sportsman's Arms and the Red Lion.


Railway stations in the area include local services from Sankey for Penketh on the Liverpool to Manchester Line (with express services along this route available from Warrington Central), as well as Warrington Bank Quay on the West Coast Main Line. Frequent buses link Penketh with Warrington town centre: it is the terminus for Warrington's Own Buses (routes 30, 30B, 31 and 32A), and the north of Penketh is also served by Warrington's Own Buses routes 14 and 15. Arriva North West inter-urban services also serve the main road through Penketh, heading towards Widnes and Runcorn (route 110) and to Huyton and Liverpool (route 7). Penketh is on the A562 road linking Warrington with the Silver Jubilee Bridge. The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester.


  • 7,340 residents
  • 2,993 households
  • 29.4% of all residents have no qualifications (approximately 2,158 residents)
  • 2.06% are unemployed (approximately 154 residents)

Race and genderEdit

  • 48% males to 52% females
  • 98.3% are of white race
  • 0.6% are of mixed origin
  • 0.7% are of Asian origin
  • 0.1% are of black race
  • 0.4% are of "other" race

Housing demographicsEdit

  • 92.0% Owner occupied
  • 3.7% are council accommodation
  • 0.4% are rented from a housing association
  • 2.0% are private rentals
  • 1.3% are rentals from other sources
  • 0.6% are undisclosed

See alsoEdit

Clubs and groups in Penketh. Kings Community Centre (was Sankey library at Lane Ends) Art Class from beginners to experienced artists, Tuesday mornings 10.00 till 12.00. free parking tea and coffee, one to one tuition. £6 per session, only pay for Sessions you attend


External linksEdit

  Media related to Penketh at Wikimedia Commons