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Winsford is a town straddling the River Weaver, with a population of around thirty three thousand people. Winsford saw substantial expansion in the 1960s and 1970s after it was designated a 'New Town' and had an influx mainly of Liverpudlians.The town is built over large underground salt deposits and is home to the UK's largest rock salt mine. A notable feature of Winsford are the Flashes which occur along the River Weaver. These formed in the nineteenth century.when areas of land subsided as a result of the mining activity. These filled with water from the Weaver and became lakes. Nowadays the Flashes and surrounding areas have been landscaped and are used for leisure purposes, chiefly walking, fishing and sailing, and provide a useful habitat for a range of wildlife.

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There are two large supermarkets, one of which is located adjecent to Winsford Cross Shopping Centre which is the main retail area of the town. Winsford Market Hall is also situated in that area. Winsford Market is open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The town is home to a plethora of businesses. There are several industrial estates and Winsford hosts the headquarters of both Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire services. There is one secondary school which unfortunately is an academy, and ten primary schools. There are also a couple of special schools catering for wide age ranges.

Winsford railway station is situated on the West Coast main line. Passengers can get to London in less than two hours.

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