Timeline – Prescot

 

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

1333
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Prescot is included in the Bodleian map of Britain

1350
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Manor sold to John of Gaunt and on his death passed to his son, who became King Henry IV

1391
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Henry VI granted the patronage of the rectory to his newly endowed college of St. Mary and St. Nicholas, later Kings College, Cambridge

1445
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Start of coalmining in the area

c.1510
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Prescot Grammar School formed

1544
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Prescot Manor bought by the Layton family, and rebuilt

1562
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Introduction of watch-making to the town

c.1600
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St. Mary's Church, Prescot, rebuilt

1610
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Manor House rebuilt by Robert Roper (demolished 1930's by BICC)

1702
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Turnpike road to Liverpool constructed

1726
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Tower and spire added to St. Mary's Church

1729
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Town Hall rebuilt on site of former building

1755
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John Philip Kemble baptised at Prescot (born 1st February 1757)

1759
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New building for Prescot Grammar School completed in High Street, used until 1924

1760
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Market Round House built, demolished in 1860s

1812
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Prescot Gas Company formed

1833
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Prescot Local Government Board formed

1867
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Branch line of the London and North Western Railway from Huyton to St. Helen's via Prescot opened

1871
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Lancashire Watch Company founded

1889
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British Insulated Wire Company (later BIHC, then BICC) established by James and Jacob Atherton

1891
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Electric lighting of Prescot and Knowsley Hall by British Insulated Wire Company

1892
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Prescot Urban District Council formed

1895
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Tramline from Knotty Ash to St. Helen's via Prescot

1902
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British Insulated Wire Company, Prescot becomes British Insulated and Helsby Cables Limited

1902
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Prescot Mill destroyed by a fire

1908
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Edward VII passes through Prescot on his way to Knowsley Hall

1909
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The Picture Palace Cinema opens in Kemble St (became The Palace Cinema around 1927)

1912
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War Memorial unveiled in Market Place 9th September 1916

1916
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Lime House Cinema opens in Eccleston Street, December 1922

1922
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British Insulated and Helsby Cables Limited renamed British Insulated Cables Limited

1925
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Prescot Grammar School moved to a new site on St. Helen's Road

1924
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British Insulated Cables Limited merged with Callenders to become British Insulated Callenders Cables Limited

1945
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The Palace Cinema, Kemble St, closes

1957
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Lime House Cinema, Eccleston St, which opened in 1922, closed 2nd July 1960

1960
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Opening of Prescot Branch Library on High St, 9th March 1961

1961
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Town Hall building demolished

1962
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Scotchbarn Swimming Pool opened July 1973

1973
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Knowsley Metropolitan Borough formed

1974
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M57 Motorway: phase 2 completed, connecting Prescot at Junction 2

1974
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Prescot Museum opens in Church St

1982
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British Insulated Callenders Cables factory closes

1990s
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Knowsley Park Centre for Learning opens in Knowsley Park Lane

2009
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Prescot Shopping Centre (including a new library and museum) opens. The library opened 23rd April 2012 with the official opening on 20th July

2012
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New Prescot Town Hall building opens on Warrington Road

2014
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Wall art unveiled in Leyland St depicting an Elizabethan Theatre

2014
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Construction work to begin on the new Shakespeare North Playhouse during the summer. Following a public vote, Prospero Place will be the name of the new street on which the Playhouse will stand

2018