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Things to do in Earlestown, Merseyside

Earlestown Market. © Glynn Jones

Earlestown is a suburb of Newton le Willows and owes much of its development to the coming of the railways in the 1830s.

It was well known throughout the world for locomotives built in the town. It also had a wagon works, coal mines and a sugar refinery. The industry disappeared a long time ago and Earlestown is now a commuter area for the surrounding cities and towns.

Earlestown Market probably attracts most visitors to the town. It is open every Monday and Friday and is one of the largest in the North West. Adjacent to the market is the pedestrianised main street with a selection of multiple and local retailers.

Another attraction is the Sankey Valley Park. This is an 8 mile long linear park following the route of the Sankey Canal from St Helens to Warrington. At Earlestown is the Sankey Viaduct (known locally as the 9 Arches). This is a historic spot as the viaduct carries Britains first passenger railway over Britains first canal. There are pathways from the Sankey Valley Park linking Earlestown with Collins Green, Burtonwood, Winwick, St Helens and Warrington.

Description by Robert Holmes

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