The Whit Walks and Walking day fairs that still survive in Lancashire and Cheshire originate from the Sunday School movement of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Although the most prominent of these events today is Warrington Walking Day, held traditionally in the first week of July, the earliest known "Walks" can be traced to Manchester around To celebrate the anniversary of the Sunday School movement in Manchester the founders decided to assemble the children in St Anne's Square and parade through the Market Square to attend church. Although these parades became later associated with the Whit holidays and walks, the main features of the walks, the parading of the churches, still remained an intrinsic part of the tradition in Manchester well into the s. Although Warrington Walking Day owes its origins to one individual rather than a particular movement, the other events held in Bickerstaff, Padgate, Stockton Heath and Rainforth, can be seen in the context of this earlier tradition. The greatest of these was Warrington Walking Day which started as a counter attraction to the annual races held at Newton.
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It is in the form of a triptych made from mahogany wood, intricately carved in Gothic style, highly polished with plaster figures. The dedication is on the front of a broad base upon which is mounted a painted pieta. A backboard behind this bears the names and is mounted with finials. The lettering is goilded. There are 23 names listed for World War 1 only.
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