Whiston Timeline


  • 1245-1355

    Recorded as Quitstan, Wystan, Quystan, Whystan, Whytstan, Whyghtstan, Quistan, Whistan, Whiston.

  • 1246

    First mention of Halsnead.

  • 1521

    First mention of coal mining in the area.

  • c.1660

    Carr House (WH6) built.

  • 1684

    Thomas Willis bought Halsnead.

  • 1707

    Almshouses built on Warrington Road by Oliver Lyme for the poor of the district.

  • 1769

    Carr Colliery opened.

  • 1798

    First mention of a Pottery in Whiston.

  • 1802

    Whiston and Halsnead Collieries opened.

  • 1830

    The Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened.

  • 1840

    Whiston village school (Msc/94:A1/16) built.

  • 1844

    Prescot Union Workhouse opened (later to become Whiston Hospital).

  • 1868

    St. Nicholas Parish Church (WH92/14) consecrated.

  • 1874

    Formation of Whiston Rural District Council.

  • 1890

    Whiston Colliery closed.

  • 1895

    Halsnead Colliery closed.

  • 1898

    Tushingham's Metallic Brick Works started production.

  • 1915

    Cronton Colliery (WH93/20) first coal raised.

  • 1925

    Stoves Ltd., gas appliance manufacturers opened their factory in Stoney Lane. The factory site straddles the boundary of Whiston and Rainhill.

  • 1928

    War Memorial (WH92/4) in the grounds of St, Nicholas Church struck by lightning (replaced by a new memorial in the 1930s (WH92/20)).

  • 1929

    Halsnead Estate (WH92/1DUP) sold by auction.

  • 1932

    Halsnead Hall demolished.

  • 1939

    St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, Shaw Lane; foundation stone laid. Opened for services in mid-1940.

  • 1974

    Whiston becomes part of the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley (WFN176).

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




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