Prescot Timeline


  • 1333

    William D'Acre, Lord of the Manor granted the right to hold a weekly market (Monday) and a three day fair at Corpus Christi

  • 1350

    Prescot is included in the Bodleian map of Britain

  • 1391

    Manor sold to John of Gaunt and on his death passed to his son, who became King Henry IV

  • 1445

    Henry VI granted the patronage of the rectory to his newly endowed college of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, later Kings College, Cambridge.

  • c.1510

    Start of coalmining in the area

  • 1544

    Prescot Grammar School formed

  • 1562

    Prescot Manor bought by the Layton family, and rebuilt

  • c.1600

    Introduction of watch-making to the town

  • 1610

    St. Mary's Church rebuilt

  • 1702

    Manor House rebuilt by Robert Roper (demolished 1930's by BICC)

  • 1726

    Turnpike road to Liverpool built

  • 1729

    Tower and spire added to St. Mary's Church (MUS1982:38:1)

  • 1755

    Town Hall (PT252) rebuilt on site of former building.

  • 1759

    John Philip Kemble baptised at Prescot.

  • 1760

    New building for Prescot Grammar School (PT72) completed in High Street, used until 1924.

  • 1812

    Market Round House (PT92) built, demolished in the 1860's.

  • 1833

    Prescot Gas Company formed.

  • 1867

    Prescot Local Government Board formed.

  • 1871

    Branch line of the London and North Western Railway from Huyton to St. Helen's via Prescot (MUS1994:6:29) opened.

  • 1889

    Lancashire Watch Company (MUS1983:15:1) founded.

  • 1891

    British Insulated Wire Company (later BIHC, then BICC) established by James and Jacob Atherton.

  • 1892

    Electric lighting of Prescot and Knowsley Hall by BICC.

  • 1895

    Prescot Urban District Council formed.

  • 1902

    Tramline from Knotty Ash to St. Helen's via Prescot.

  • 1908

    Prescot Mill (PT249) destroyed by a fire.

  • 1909

    Edward VII (PT312) passes through Prescot on his way to Knowsley Hall.

  • 1916

    War Memorial (LS/X/143) unveiled.

  • 1924

    Prescot Grammar School moved (PT54) to a new site on St. Helen's Road.

  • 1962

    Town Hall building demolished.

  • 1974

    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough (WFN176) formed.

(figures in brackets are reference numbers of photos in the main site)




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