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Grappenhall is located in Cheshire
Grappenhall shown within Cheshire
OS grid reference SJ639863
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WA4
Dialling code 01925
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°22′21″N 2°32′35″W / 53.372503°N 2.542999°W / 53.372503; -2.542999Coordinates: 53°22′21″N 2°32′35″W / 53.372503°N 2.542999°W / 53.372503; -2.542999

Grappenhall is a suburban village in Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is situated along the Bridgewater Canal, and forms one of the principal settlements of Grappenhall and Thelwall civil parish. According to the 2001 UK census, the population of the entire civil parish was 9,377.[1]


Grappenhall is mentioned in the Domesday Book with the name Gropenhale and with a valuation of five shillings.

Sandstone carving of 'Cheshire Cat', St Wilfrid's Church, Grappenhall

St Wilfrid's Church has a carving of a cat on the west face of the tower. This is believed to be Lewis Carroll's inspiration for the grinning Cheshire Cat in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.[citation needed] The church itself was first constructed in 1120, though was rebuilt 400 years later. The church was also, at a time, in the possession of the Boidelle (Boydell) family.

Along with the church, the centre of the village contains two pubs - the Parr Arms and the Ram's Head, Grappenhall Hall Residential School (no longer a Residential School) and St. Wilfrid's Primary School. Bradshaw Community Primary School is located north of the village centre.

Parts of the Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes were filmed in the centre of Grappenhall. The village name appears in the title of the song "Grappenhall Rag", by the Darwen singer-songwriter Bryn Haworth.[2]

Grappenhall is home to the 25th Warrington East (St. Wilfrid's) Scout Troop.[3] There is also a cricket ground, which is the home of Grappenhall Cricket Club.[4]

Popular Culture[edit]

Dining and Restaurants[edit]

There are limited numbers of dining facilities within the village but some restaurants include:

  • The Parr Arms
  • The Springbrook
  • The Choy Hing Village

Notable people[edit]

  • Tim Curry, actor, singer and composer was born in Grappenhall.
  • Sally Green, writer and author of the Half Bad trilogy lives in Grappenhall.
  • Peter Daniels, Human Rights Lawyer and activist was born on Victoria Road in 1973.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2001 Census: Grappenhall and Thelwall civil parish, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 10 June 2007 
  2. ^ "Bryn Haworth Grappenhall Rag". YouTube. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  3. ^ "25th Warrington East Scout Group » History". 1914-08-03. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Grappenhall Cricket Club". Retrieved 2013-08-06. 

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