Prescot Towntrail - Part 1

The towntrail begins at Prescot Museum on Church Street which was opened in 1981 and is themed around Prescot Watchmaking. Clockmaking originated in the fourteenth and fifteenth century as blacksmith's work. The earliest record in Prescot is of a Richard Berry, a clockmaker, working there in Elizabethan times. The first portable timepieces were produced in Germany in the sixteenth century and were widely imitated. It was Woolrich, a Huguenot refugee who introduced it to Prescot in 1595. With a long tradition of metal working, the new skills were easily picked up. There are many examples of the watchmaking craft in Prescot Museum.