The Ring 'O' Bells public house, Daresbury
Daresbury is a little village in the north of Cheshire, which at the 2001 census had a population of just 216. Notwithstanding tis size, the village is a major centre for research and innovation, housing the growing Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, centred on Daresbury Laboratory run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, which operates the Synchrotron Radiation Source here.
The village is to be found to the east of Runcorn, separated by a broad, green cordon from the townscape, and south-west of Warrington, which sits across the Mersey in Lancashire. The Bridgewater Canal passes the west side of the village, and the M56 motorway courses through to the south.
Daresbury was the birthplace of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the village has a Lewis Carroll Visitor Centre.
The parish church is All Saints' Church. It has a Lewis Carroll window, including an image of the Cheshire Cat.
Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus
The Sci-Tech Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus is based around the Daresbury Laboratory, a scientific research laboratory near Daresbury. The laboratory was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson. The laboratory is today run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, with around three hundred full-time staff
The laboratory has a portfolio of research and facilities, including:
- VELA, an electron compact linear accelerator, based around an RF photocathode gun.
- CLARA, an electron linear accelerator to be utilised for research in free-electron lasers.
- ALICE, an electron accelerator previously known as ERLP (Energy Recovery Linac Prototype).
- EMMA, a linear non-scaling FFAG accelerator.
- The Hartree Centre, a high performance computing and data analytics research facility.
- SuperSTEM, a high resolution aberration-corrected STEM is housed on the site. The facility belongs to EPSRC.
- HPCx, a supercomputer (closed, replaced by the UK national supercomputing service, HECToR, based in Edinburgh).
The wider Science and Innovation Campus hosts a number of technology companies and is being expanded.
- Main article: Daresbury Hall
Daresbury Hall is a Georgian country house in Daresbury, built in 1759 for George Heron. It became a military hospital during the Second World War, and later a nursing home. The house later returned to private ownership, but the death of the owner has left it abandoned and awaiting restoration or redevelopment.
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- Chester Diocesan News, February 2011
- 'The Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA)' at astec.stfc.ac.uk Accessed 29 January 2017
- CLARA Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications Accessed 29 January 2017
- ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers In Combined Experiments) at astec.ac.uk via Wayback Accessed 29 January 2017
- '£30m grant announced by George Osborne at Daresbury Science Park': Matthew Hobbes in The Warrington Guardian, 1 February 2013
- HPCx - UK National Supercomputing Service 2002 - 2010