Prescot Towntrail - Part 7

Retrace your steps up Market Place, this time facing St. Mary's Church. The Church occupies a hill site with a circular churchyard, indicative of its Celtic origins, with the list of Rectors being traced back to 1179. The current building constructed in red sandstone dates mainly from 1610. The interior includes a fifteenth century vestry. To the South of the church is the War Memorial, which most unusually was unveiled during the war, and not a few years after which is traditionally the case. Close to the church and war memorial is the Alphabet Stone. This was taken from a door lintel on the Old Town Hall which stood near-by and like its predecessor contained shops below. It was built in 1755 at the height of the town's prosperity and demolished in the 1960's. It is now only a short distance up the hill to Church Street and the Museum.