Technical Institute, Runcorn, in 1925 and today

Technical Institute, Runcorn

This is a very fine picture of the Technical Institute ( or "tech" as it was known) in Waterloo Road. It became the Runcorn Grammar School in 1946 until staff and pupils moved to a new Grammar scool at Helsby in 1949. Next to it and higher up the road is "Waterloo House". This became the Town Hall in 1884 and remained so until 1932 when Halton Grange was bought by the council and made this the Town hall.

the Technical Institute was demolished in 2015. Like the Romans did to Carthage, the newcomers to Runcorn will never rest until the old town disappears for ever, although one must ask "What use could be found for it,and at what cost?"

Waterloo Road once provided the access for traffic wishing to use the transporter bridge, but now it has been truncated by the new roads needed for the Jubilee Bridge, one of which passes over the scene at the top of the modern photo.

(Place your mouse on/off the picture to see the before/now scenes)


The message reads:-

My dear brother Just a PC to let you no(know)I shall not be able to send your parcel until Sat. hoping that will do love & won't cause any inconveniance
Love from your sister Lizzie

At the top is added:
Not heard from Bonnie yet
I have something to tell you dear when I write love.