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1245 – 1355

֍ During the years 1245-1355 – township was 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

֍ c.1660 – Carr House built

1684

֍ Thomas Willis, Liverpool merchant, bought the Halsnead estate

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

1832

֍ Whiston Wesleyan Methodist Chapel built

1840

֍ Whiston Public Elementary School built
֍ Whiston Wesleyan Association Chapel erected

1842

֍ Whiston Tithe Map and Apportionment Schedule completed

1843

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

1853

֍ Whiston National School opened – January 1853

1868

֍ St. Nicholas Parish Church consecrated – 30th July 1868

1874

֍ Formation of Whiston Rural District Council. The district comprised the townships of Bold, Cronton, Ditton, Eccleston, Hale, Halewood, Knowsley, Rainhill, Speke, Tarbock, Whiston and Windle

1879

֍ Whiston Free Methodist Chapel built

1890

֍ Whiston Colliery closed
֍ Whiston Welsh Methodist Chapel built

1895

֍ Halsnead Colliery closed

1898

֍ Tushingham’s Metallic Brick Works started production

1915

֍ Hulton Colliery’s first coal raised (later named Cronton Colliery)

1925

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

1928

֍ War memorial in the grounds of St, Nicholas’ Church struck by lightning and later demolished

1929

֍ Halsnead Estate sold by auction

1932

֍ Halsnead Hall demolished
֍ Replacement war memorial erected outside St Nicholas’ Church

1939

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

1964

֍ Whiston Higher Side Comprehensive School built

1974

֍ Whiston becomes part of the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley

1990

֍ Whiston Railway Station opens

1996

֍ Knowsley Cemetery opens in Fox’s Bank Lane

2006

֍ Transformation of Whiston Hospital site begins with demolition of the original workhouse buildings of 1843 (Prescot Union Workhouse)

2010

֍ Whiston Higher Side Comprehensive School closes after 46 years

2010

֍ St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning opens on Cumber Lane

2016

֍ Under a government housing initiative, KMBC submit proposals for a Halsnead Garden Village creating around 1500 new homes on land at Halsnead and the former Cronton Colliery site

2017

֍ Government ministers announce first 14 successful garden-village housing development plans, including the proposed Halsnead Garden Village

2019

֍ Funding of £12m pledged by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for road infrastructure improvements surrounding the garden village site
֍ Consultation process completed with Whiston residents ahead of commencement of Phase 1 of the Halsnead Garden Village

2020

֍ The whole year 2020 was dominated by the Coronavirus COVID-19. Working from home or being on furlough became the new normal, together with social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings

2021

֍ Approval of plans for 350 homes to be built near to Fox’s Bank Lane and for a new Country Park on the former Cronton Colliery site (part of the new Halsnead Garden Village) – July 2021
֍ Ownership and management of Whiston Juniors F.C., located at Windy Arbor Playing Fields and of Prescot Angling Association and Mellor’s Anglers has transferred from Whiston Town Council to Knowsley MBC – July 2021
֍ Council environmental improvements to take place at Mellor’s Pond due to duckweed and penny wort affecting anglers’ access, also, drainage alterations to be made at Whiston Juniors F.C. following flooding of the playing pitch

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