An industrial town in Cheshire, Widnes has 119,300 people as its inhabitants. Its main source of revenue depends on the manufacture of chemicals although there has been significant contribution from shopping centers in the area such as Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Topman, Wallis and Burton. Wilkinson, Costa Coffee, Halfords, Gala Bingo and KFC have also opened up their branches in this area.
Some of the major landmarks of this area include Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, the Anglican churches of St Luke's, Farnworth and St Mary's, West Bank, the Roman Catholic churches of St Michael's, St Marie's and St Bede's.
This place has seen several notable people who have played a significant role in different fields and genres such as Charles Glover Barkla (1877–1944) the winner of the 1917 Nobel prize in physics, Roy Chadwick (1893–1947), the designer of the Avro Lancaster bomber, Vince Karalius (1932–2008), international rugby league player, Melanie Chisholm a former Spice Girl known as Mel C or Sporty Spice, Victorian cricketer John Briggs, the only man to have taken a hat trick and scored a century in Ashes cricket. Some of them have spent their entire life here, while others are born here before moving out and making their mark in the world.