FROM its origin as an 18th century narrow boat canal town, via the wider connections made by the railway and the Manchester Ship Canal to the more recent boost provided by its thriving industries, Ellesmere Port has long been a place of which its residents can be proud.
A fresh dawn as a booming location for new homes, with enviable retail and leisure facilities, has seen families flock to live in the town and a recognition that the Port’s the place to be.
So if you haven’t visited recently or you’re considering a move, you’ll want to know what Ellesmere Port is like as a town.
One of the town’s best loved visitor attractions, The National Waterways Museum is a conservation area with no less than 19 Grade II listed buildings. Its locks, docks and warehouses take visitors on a splendid journey into the past, to a time when Ellesmere Port was the largest Inland Waterway dock complex in the UK, designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford himself.
Across town, the recently renovated Trinity Church, on Whitby Road, is another example of an historic building rejuvenated for 21st century life.
And while looking back and savouring the area’s rich history has many delights, place makers from Chester and Cheshire West Council have been forward-thinking with the town’s more recent additions.
The striking Ellesmere Port Sports Village (EPSV) complex, on Stanney Lane, really shows off the town’s vision for the future. Architects from Ellis Williams have created an iconic building with an eye-catching exterior design. The success of this project was recognised with a Cheshire Civic Trust award in the Community New Build category 2015. The new University Church of England Academy School (2014) in the heart of the town is also a striking new building.
Likewise Cheshire College South & West campus in Ellesmere Port, designed by Bond Bryan Architects is an example of modern design at its best. The five-storey building includes an L-shaped block meeting at an impressive cylindrical building, which features a circular ramp from the first to the fourth floor, with wonderful views across the whole region, as far as Liverpool.
Another remarkable new building in Ellesmere Port is the new M&S superstore(2012), the largest outside of London. New shops built in Cheshire Oaks, like the new Polo store (2016), are also of great architectural merit.
So next time you’re visiting or even if you’re already living here, it’s well worth taking the time to savour the wealth of architectural delights on your doorstep and feel proud of Ellesmere Port’s rich heritage and exciting future.