Spike Island, Cheshire

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Spike Island today from the Catalyst Museum

Spike Island is an island in the estuary of the River Mersey, in North West England, flanked by the Sankey Canal.[1] It is a reclaimed toxic waste site, considered a birthplace of the British chemical industry, and forms a part of Widnes in the Halton borough of Cheshire.

Its maze of abandoned chemical factories, rail lines, canal and industrial dockage, and industrial pollution, which had declined into a rust belt toxic wilderness, was reclaimed as woodland, wetlands and green space between 1975 and 1982. A surviving warehouse is now the home of the Catalyst Museum, the only science museum in the UK solely devoted to chemistry.

Spike Island was the site of a famous outdoor concert by The Stone Roses in May 1990. A film about the concert was released in 2012, and is called Spike Island.[2]


  1. ^ "Spike Island and Widnes Lock - Sankey Canal". penninewaterways.co.uk. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Wright, Jade (26 March 2012). "New film to relive The Stone Roses’ classic gig at Spike Island in Widnes - ECHO Entertainment News - Entertainment". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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Coordinates: 53°21′14″N 2°43′50″W / 53.35389°N 2.73056°W / 53.35389; -2.73056