Prescot  Lancashire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Prescot like this:

Prescot.-- manufacturing and market town, par., and township with ry. sta., SW. Lancashire - par. (containing the bor. of St Helens and the town of Widnes), 37,221 ac., pop. 105,478; township, 270 ac., pop. 5546; town, 8 miles E. of Liverpool by rail, pop. 6419; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-days, Tuesday and Saturday. ...

The town, which comprises all Prescot township and part of Eccleston township, stands principally upon a sub-stratum of coal, several mines of which are worked. The mfrs. of watch tools, watch movements, and hands, have long been noted industries of this place. There is also the mfr. of small files of superior quality, which are exported in large quantities. Pin-wire drawing originated here. Coarse earthenware, glass bottles, nails, and ropes are also manufactured, and there are breweries and a tannery. In addition to the markets Prescot has important cattle fairs.

Prescot through time

Prescot is now part of Knowsley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Knowsley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Prescot itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Prescot, in Knowsley and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd July 2024

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