(46 Posts)
HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 14:30:23

Afternoon Mummies! We're considering a potential relocation from Spoth East to North. We're currently looking North West in an around Altrincham but wonder if anyone can tell us what Winsford is like to live/raise family...walk dog?! x

HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 14:31:04

....that would be South East, not some planet called Spoth!!

typicalvirgo Wed 24-Oct-12 14:34:29

Altrincham is lovely.

Winsford is well... very different.

Whats the budget ?

FerrisBueller1972 Wed 24-Oct-12 14:36:11

Hi - Winsford is not really near Altrincham. Personally you would have to pay me to move to Winsford, its grim IMHO.

Depending on budget look at Hale, Altrincham, Bowden, Wilmslow, Knutsford and everywhere in between. Much better for raising kids (school wise) lots of green areas and parks, lots to do as a family etc.

Good Luck

Pastabee Wed 24-Oct-12 14:36:30

Why Winsford? There are some lovely places to live in Cheshire and you'll get a lot for your £ if relocating but I wouldn't choose Winsford unless you have a specific reason to?

HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 14:41:09

No specific reason, we've just started to look and properties keep popping up in Winsford..Husband will still need to travel South and we have family in and around North West...We currently live surroubded by beautiful woodlands and greeness (?!) and don't want to lose that....

HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 14:45:06


CaptainHoratioWragge Wed 24-Oct-12 14:45:14

I'd personally avoid Winsord.

There are lots of nice villages with green etc in between Altrincham and there to choose from ...

Middlewich is nicer (and great for M6)
Hartford is very nice
Davenham lovely but a bit pricey
Knutsford lovely and again great for M6 but again your money won't go as far there as other bits of cheshire.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Wed 24-Oct-12 14:45:48

Holmes chapel
Hale-all nice areas.

Winsford, sandbach, northwich all a bit crap IMO. And they had a huge traveller site not long ago, not sure if they're still there.

Pastabee Wed 24-Oct-12 14:47:01

Where will your DH be travelling to? The trouble with Chester is it is a long way from the M6.

No, I've never noticed any nice bits to Winsford. At best, you could say it is 'ok'. Not high on the beautiful woodlands and greeness scale. Nantwich is better. But really, Ferris has hit the nail on the head.

HRHLadyG Wed 24-Oct-12 15:10:09

That so helpful, thankyou!! x

soverylucky Wed 24-Oct-12 15:35:03

You will find winsford and altrincham poles apart - but that is refelcted in the price of property. Altrincham has a thriving town centre, lots of bars, shops etc. You can get the tram direct to manchester so it is very, very popular with commuters. It still has the 11 plus so the competition for schools is a bit fierce. IMO all the schools round there are good - some are excellent.

Winsford - you can't get to manchester as easily on public transport and the town centre consists of an asda and not much else. BUT you are only seconds away from lovely countryside and you can get a lovely modern four bed detached house for 200K. In terms of secondary schools - no choice in winsford really. Not compared to what you would get in altrincham.

There are lovely villages near winsford - whitegate for example has property in the region of 800K. They are simply stunning - near the golf course. Then there are places like Davenham, Hartford, Cuddington or further afield Tarporley for example.

Northwich is IMO better than Winsford. It is still not in the same league as Altrincham but again - reflected in property prices. Northwich has more shops than winsford but doesn't have the bars etc that altrincham has. It isn't really a thriving town centre but there are major redevelopments works that are going to happen. They have been talking about doing this for years but have finally got the ball rolling properly so to speak.

Knutsford is between Northwich and altrincham. Very nice, very pricey and you are right on the flight path so very noisy. Let us know what your budget and essentials are and I am sure you will get lots of suggestions.

typicalvirgo Wed 24-Oct-12 16:02:12

I've lived in Altrincham, Knutsford and on the golf course mentioned above so am familiar with the area.

How much have you got to spend ?

eimmum Thu 25-Oct-12 22:28:57

Winsford suffers from fairly high levels of deprivation because it is an overspill town from Liverpool. It isn't somewhere I would chose to bring children up in when there are other choices. it is close to countryside but there are lots of other places to chose from If you need easy commuting to SE then south Warrington pretty good. Look at Appleton and Stockton Heath. Close to M6 and train less than 2hrs to London. 30mins from Manchester and Liverpool. Stockton Heath has a thriving village centre. Lots of restaurants Great schools without the grammar competition found in Altrincham altho children from stockton heath do sometimes get into the altrincham schools. House priced quite high but more affordable than altrincham Great walks in the locality for children and dogs! Definitely worth a look.

HRHLadyG Fri 26-Oct-12 19:09:21

Thats a good tip! Will check it out too!

RCheshire Fri 26-Oct-12 23:27:42

Whereabouts in Cheshire do you want to be? Good for M6, M62, Airports, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool etc. Are well-regarded secondary schools important, do you want urban or rural etc...

Winsford is cheap and in my view not all that attractive to an outsider. Altrincham is more upmarket, much better schooling, good links with Manchester, but the centre is not what it was, despite recent attempts to inject a bit of life/money. Altrincham is very overpriced if you don't want Trafford schools.

Bowdon, Hale and Bramhall are upmarket suburbia (Bramhall less so than the other two). Hale is very Range Rover Sport HSE/sunglasses indoors/high life on credit cards, but has very pleasant residential areas and a great position for motorways, airport, rail > Manc, short walk to Alt for tram.

If you want Trafford schools but can't afford Hale/Bowdon then you're likely to look at Timperley/Sale. You wouldn't choose them if not for the schools.

Knutsford is an upmarket, smart, attractive small town with Tatton Park (deer etc). Great for the M6, good for the airport but on the slow non-electrified Manchester-Chester train line. It is not a good location if you need mainline rail. It sits under the flight path - has a fair bit in common with Richmond although bigger.

Wilmslow, Bollington, Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Poynton are all considered desirable areas north of the A537 and east of the M6. Whether they appeal will depend on your priorities.

Appleton & Grappenhall South of Warrington are well-regarded. The main downside is that your local town in Warrington which is not as well thought of..

Plenty of nice places South of those I've mentioned (Holmes Chapel, Nantwich) as well as West of the M6 (around Delamere, Tarporley, Tattenhall etc) but it all depends what you are looking for and in which area.

dearprudence Fri 26-Oct-12 23:43:19

Will husband travel south by train or car?

Winsford not great. Nor is Warrington - it has some nice areas (Stockton Heath/Appleton) but if I ever have to travel in the area I find the traffic particularly bad and the town centre isn't great.
Chester is very nice, as are the other villages/small towns mentioned.

lazydog Sat 27-Oct-12 03:35:32


DH worked in Winsford for 5 years - it is extremely grim.

We lived in Chester for that same time and I love the city but in 5 years we had our car(s) stolen from our driveway twice. One of those times they broke into the house to steal the keys, so I guess that's a burglary as well. And no, we didn't live in Blacon, before anyone asks!

I went to school in Altrincham and grew up from 5-18yrs old in Sale. Liked both but preferred Altrincham. Haven't been back to either for >10yrs though, so they've probably changed a lot!

Doodler79 Sat 27-Oct-12 04:44:42

I used to work in Winsford and wouldn't want to live there. I have lived in Chester now for over 10yrs and have never had any trouble with crime.

indiegrrl Sat 27-Oct-12 15:42:25

It is really dull. DP's family live near all round there. Winsford is a dump, and Northwich and round there is full of entirely white primary schools with stepford wives pulling up in 4 x 4s. When the nephews come to visit us in the big city, they point and shout at anyone black/Asian they see.
DP fled asap to Manchester.

soverylucky Sat 27-Oct-12 16:31:14

Its all about money though really. Winsford and Northwich have homes that are very cheap and not in the same league as places like knutsford and wilmslow. I have family in Northwich and I find the comments about "all whites" quite unpleasant. Just because your relatives shouted when they saw a non-white person doesn't mean all children are like that there.

Like any areas there are good and bad parts, affluent and deprived etc

HRHLadyG Tue 06-Nov-12 20:33:10

Not Winsford then!!! Congleton??

FerrisBueller1972 Wed 07-Nov-12 19:12:25

I'm going to congleton on Saturday for ds football match, I'll report back on my first impressions if you like? It's been donkeys years since I was there last!

RCheshire Wed 07-Nov-12 19:52:45

It depends what you're looking for. Congleton has some nice surroundings, but for me starts to feel more like Stoke/Staffs territory (it's not of course, it's firmly in Cheshire) and I like both Manchester and Chester as 'local' cities, but am much less keen on Stoke as my local shopping place.

Pretty much everywhere (inc. Winsford) has something going for it, but each part of Cheshire has something different. Is the mainline (for South) trainline important? If so then Congleton has that mix of green surrounds and good train links. It wouldn't be my pick, but that's because my priorities are more 'green areas but within 30 mins of Cheshire or Manchester'.

MrsTMD Fri 09-Nov-12 21:40:35

Hello.i relocated from east yorkshire to congleton last yr for husbands job.we love it.schools are good, people are nice and transport links are good...husband travels a lot for work.let me know if u want any more info on congleton or feel free to pm me.

HRHLadyG Sun 18-Nov-12 11:52:44

RCheshire, Thankyou and yes, access to commuting is very important....we've made a couple of visiys recently and like what we see so far...... Anybody with information about schools would be great....

Mandy21 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:19:25

Agree with everything RCheshire says, it really depends what your priorities are.

MrsTMD Thu 22-Nov-12 13:04:34

Is it schools in congleton then that u r looking at...i have loads of info for u if it is because when choosing a school for my daughter we hadnt been in the area long so i did as much research and open days as i could.

ChasingSquirrels Thu 22-Nov-12 15:57:44

I grew up in Winsford, but left just over 20 years ago when I went to Uni. Parents moved nearly 10 years ago to be closer to me when I had kids.

It will have changed a lot in the 20 years since I lived there, there has been an awful lot of house building since then which has lead to the sprawl of the place - for a while I worked in the Community Charge dept of the district council and was more than once given a Winsford address as Chester by people buying on the new estates on that side of town who didn't want to have a Winsford address.

Historically it was a small village (well more than one - Over, Wharton, Darnhall etc) and then in the 60's when they cleared out the slums in first Manchester and then Liverpool they built a number of large council estates to house people moved out from those cities.
Unfortunately that was followed by an economic downturn and loss of jobs on the industrial estates that were also built - which resulted in at least one generation growing up with non-working parents and other relatives, and little expectation of finding work themselves.

My mum taught on one of the estates and my dad was a policeman, so I probably had more exposure to some of the less attractive aspects of the town.

Having said that when growing up (70/80's) I lived in nice enough areas with easy access to open space (Knights Grange - which I think is mostly built on now) within easy walking access, and within the heart of Cheshire and access to all that enabled.

I don't think that with Cheshire to choose from that Winsford is somewhere that I would be drawn to, but then I am currently considering a move to a town that is similar in many ways - because as my children (primary school) get older I think that a town has benefits over a village location.

HRHLadyG Tue 27-Nov-12 20:00:42

MRS TMD, Thankyou so much, we would be very grateful of any information about schools, our little one is currently in Year 2.....

hjtunny Tue 27-Nov-12 20:05:29

as someone who lives not far from Winsford I'd say not, it tends to be known as being Liverpool's overspill but without the intersting architecture etc of Liverpool. The town itself is pretty grey and depressing! Has good and bad areas same as everywhere. As I say I'm fairly local and where I live is pretty grey and depressing too so I'm not being a snob, I like where I live but that's because it's home and I've always lived here but if I was moving from outside the area I wouldn't choose to live here or Winsford.

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 05-Jan-13 09:49:49

Did you make the move HRHLadyG? Where did you decide upon in the end?

HRHLadyG Mon 11-Feb-13 12:44:26

Finally....looking like Congleton as great for Husband to travel out from. Have found a couple of lovely houses.... next step... schools! x

MrsTMD Tue 12-Feb-13 16:41:39

Sorry...have just seen this thread again...meant to msg u with info about congleton schools...will sit down n do it tonight when my 2 have gone to bed.x

HRHLadyG Fri 15-Feb-13 16:33:40

Thankyou soooo much!! Maybe I'll bump into you soon! x

GeorginaWorsley Wed 20-Feb-13 22:13:52

Which school s do you like?
Am vey knowledgable re Congleton grin

HRHLadyG Sun 24-Feb-13 12:13:37

We like the look of Mossley C of E, Maybe Quinta.....What are your experiences? In the process of applying ahead of the move! x

GeorginaWorsley Mon 25-Feb-13 16:13:11

I live close to Mossley but my children attended St Marys as catholic.
Mossley very middle class,quite large school,bit 'cliquey' from what I hear.
Quinta other side of town,not as middle class grin but certainly ok.
would depend whereabouts you want to live,whether you want to be able to walk,as Congleton bit gridlocked in morning.
Also thinking ahead to secondary,Mossley feeds into Eaton Bank,Quinta into Congleton High.
In my opinion,although again my children don't go to either,Congleton High better.

HRHLadyG Mon 25-Feb-13 18:08:20

Thankyou for that....which secondary school do yours go to?

GeorginaWorsley Thu 28-Feb-13 21:11:54

Sorry only just seen this!
They go to All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield,got outstanding at OFSTED.
We have had 3 there,2 still go ,1 will go!
Pay for school bus and yes obv adds to school day but very happy with school so worth it.

puffylovett Sun 03-Mar-13 02:50:26

<waves hello> another congletonian here, hope you get settled in quickly smile
Re schools, mine attend Havannah, a friends Buglawton - both have outstanding ofsteds but are very different in my opinion, buglawton more traditional ad academic, havannah very open plan free flow learning.
The town is really friendly and has great access to pretty much everywhere. We've been enjoying the Beartown Unplugged festival this weekend, there's a fair bit to enjoy here and loads of countryside to explore for walks. I really love it, been here 2 years now although OH congy born and bred.

HRHLadyG Mon 04-Mar-13 14:55:57

Hello!! Thankyou for making me feel welcome. Am now mid packing boxes and endless journeys on m40/M6! See you soon! x

MrsTMD Sat 09-Mar-13 20:17:15

My daughter attends mossley and i think it has been brilliant for her.v v happy with the school and the teaching.r u looking forward to the move?x

CheshireMum221 Mon 22-Sep-14 23:43:56

I'm moved to comment after reading this old thread comparing 'up-market' locations with plain and ordinary Cheshire towns particularly Winsford, which is clearly branded as a 'poor relation' in this discussion.
The harsh fact of life is that not everyone can afford to make their homes in Hale Barns, Appleton Thorn, Alderley Edge etc. and for many, good value housing is more important than trendy bars or easy access to Waitrose.
Winsford has suffered the misfortune of bad planning decisions over the past 40 years but the tide is turning and the good residents of the town deserve better than to have it denigrated on internet forums. Winsford is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely villages with places to enjoy the outdoors and great food pubs. It's 20 minutes from Chester for shopping, evenings out and well-respected independent schools which are affordable if you choose not to pay high house prices in the expensive areas. Getting the balance right between what really matters and keeping up appearances can be challenging depending on your personal priorities. As for Waitrose, get them to deliver if it's that important!
Winsford is at the very centre of Cheshire and just minutes from the M6. It has the beautiful natural asset of 'The Flashes' (lakes along the course of the River Weaver) to rival Windermere; home to a long established sailing club and a great deal of wildlife. The town is undergoing extensive rejuvenation which began a couple of years ago as the new location for the impressive Cheshire Police Head Quarters and Cheshire West & Chester Council administrative centre. The Marina is being developed and very soon new shops and leisure amenities are to follow. For any other readers looking for advice: if you'd like to invest more modestly in buying a home with good prospects to increase in value over the next few years and you're able to get out and about to enjoy all that Cheshire has to offer, give Winsford a chance. The more forward thinking families with aspirations take the opportunity the more the area will continue to prosper.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 23-Sep-14 00:06:12

I know its a zombie as well.

I came form Winsford and ditto CheshireMum.

Some of what people have said is true, but for some it is home.
I have travelled all over the place and lived in many areas. I have had several homes since leaving 30 years ago.
I still think of it as home, even though my parents and old extended family have gone now, so it must have something.

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