West Bank (and a bit of Runcorn) (Extra Episode)

This segment is an extra episode for my “A Student’s View on Liverpool” podcast which you can watch here. The extra episode explores West Bank and a small number of its tourist attractions.

On Wednesday, I had visited my parents, though that’s definitely not going to be the highlight of this post! On this March day, there was a sight in the Silver Jubilee bridge while going across it (this is why it’s better to be a pedestrian, so you get to see these things!!).

Silver Jubilee Bridge and Runcorn Graffiti

Crows, lots of them, all nesting on top of the bridge! Using the pedestrian walkway, I was able to take a few photographs of them! However, the bridge itself is a remnant of the industrial period that the surrounding towns (Widnes and Runcorn) have in common, especially West Bank. West Bank used to be an area for the soap industry in the United Kingdom. The local museum, the Catalyst, has catalogued the history of this area in much more detail than I will explain. The museum, however, is more catered to children and as a child, I had visited it quite a lot, so I didn’t really want to go in there while visiting my parents.

In the area, there is a rather large amount of graffiti – especially in the West Bank Subway (though if you really want to view it- make sure to stomach the smell of urine and defecation haha!). On the subject of graffiti, a taxi driver had told me of a few iconic graffiti works in Runcorn- one he compared to Banksy’s work was the cow near Runcorn Station. Though, I still- have yet to view that area as I had to catch the train.

Spike Island, West Bank

Flock of birds coming to feed on duck feed.

Apart from graffiti the area also houses quite a nice park, Spike Island. The park is very forested and has a large canal- so duck feeding is common. Though I wouldn’t recommend visiting as there is currently an avian flu outbreak in the area. I personally think that the area is most beautiful in Spring and Winter when it is most quiet. The cold air adds a breadth of freshness to the region.

A historical note here is that Spike Island was the site for the Stone Roses concert in 1990. Subsequently, a movie named “Spike Island” covers this- though it scores low on Rotten tomatoes.

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