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The Ring 'O' Bells public house, Daresbury
Grid reference: SJ5881
Location: 53°20’24"N, 2°37’55"W
Population: 216  (2001)
Post town: Warrington
Postcode: WA4
Dialling code: 01925
Local Government
Council: Halton
Weaver Vale

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.

Parish church

The parish church is All Saints' Church. It has a Lewis Carroll window, including an image of the Cheshire Cat.[1]

Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus

The Tower at Daresbury Laboratory

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.[2]
  • CLARA, an electron linear accelerator to be utilised for research in free-electron lasers.[3]
  • ALICE, an electron accelerator previously known as ERLP (Energy Recovery Linac Prototype).[4]
  • EMMA, a linear non-scaling FFAG accelerator.
  • The Hartree Centre, a high performance computing and data analytics research facility.[5]
  • SuperSTEM, a high resolution aberration-corrected STEM is housed on the site. The facility belongs to EPSRC.[6]
  • HPCx, a supercomputer (closed, replaced by the UK national supercomputing service, HECToR, based in Edinburgh).[7]

The wider Science and Innovation Campus hosts a number of technology companies and is being expanded.

Daresbury Hall

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.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Daresbury)