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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


֍ Prescot is included in the Bodleian map of Britain


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


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


֍ Start of coalmining in the area


֍ Prescot Grammar School formed


֍ Prescot Manor bought by the Layton family and rebuilt


֍ Introduction of watchmaking to the town


֍ St. Mary’s Church, Prescot, rebuilt


֍ Manor House rebuilt by Robert Roper (demolished 1930’s by British Insulated Cables Ltd)


֍ Turnpike road to Liverpool constructed


֍ Tower and spire added to St. Mary’s Church


֍ Town Hall rebuilt on site of former building


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


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


֍ Market Round House built, demolished in 1860s


֍ Prescot Gas Company formed


֍ Prescot Tithe Map and Apportionment Schedule completed


֍ Prescot Local Government Board formed


֍ Branch line of the London and North-Western Railway from Huyton to St. Helen’s via Prescot opened


֍ Lancashire Watch Company founded


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


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


֍ Prescot Urban District Council formed


֍ Tramline established from Knotty Ash to St. Helen’s via Prescot
֍ British Insulated Wire Company, Prescot, becomes British Insulated and Helsby Cables Limited


֍ Prescot Mill destroyed by a fire


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


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


֍ Soldiers of the newly formed 17th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment (one of four Liverpool Pals’ battalions), moved into the former watch factory premises at Prescot, to use as a barracks during their army training, 14th September 1914


֍ Soldiers of the 17th, 18th 19th and 20th Battalions of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, known as the Liverpool Pals, leave from Prescot Railway Station 30th April 1915 for Grantham, Lincolnshire, for further training prior to their ultimate departure to France to fight in the Great War in early November,


֍ War Memorial unveiled in Market Place 9th September 1916


֍ Lime House Cinema opens in Eccleston Street, December 1922


֍ Prescot Grammar School moves to a new site on St. Helen’s Road


֍ British Insulated and Helsby Cables Limited renamed British Insulated Cables Limited


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


֍ The Palace Cinema, Kemble St, closes


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


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


֍ Town Hall building demolished


֍ Scotchbarn Swimming Pool opened July 1973


֍ Knowsley Metropolitan Borough formed
֍ M57 Motorway: phase 2 completed, connecting Prescot at Junction 2


֍ Prescot Museum opens on Church St


֍ British Insulated Callenders Cables factory closes


֍ Knowsley Park Centre for Learning opens in Knowsley Park Lane


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


֍ New Prescot Town Hall building opens on Warrington Road
֍ Wall art unveiled in Leyland St depicting an Elizabethan Theatre


֍ Plaque unveiled by Lord Derby on 25 April 2015 at Prescot Railway Station, commemorating the departure of soldiers of the Liverpool Pals’ Battalions who in April 1915 were leaving Prescot after initial basic training at Knowsley Park


֍ Shakespeare-inspired micro-pub The Bard opens on High Street – February 2018
֍ 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 – July 2018
֍ Extra Care Scheme housing opens in former Lancashire Watch Factory premises, September 2018
֍ A Heritage Trail in the form of 12 Red Plaques highlighting the historical history of the township installed
֍ New restaurant Pinion Bistro opens on Eccleston Street – September 2018
֍ Knowsley Council purchases Volair Park, home of Prescot Cables Football Club to secure its future – December 2018
֍ Spanish-inspired bar Ubano Chiringuito opens on Eccleston Street – December 2018


֍ New restaurant The Oven Pizzeria opens on Eccleston Street – July 2019
֍ Replica 1930’s style clock installed on Eccleston Street – August 2019
֍ The Lord Strange Bar and Restaurant opens on Leyland Street – August 2019


֍ Prescot’s skyline temporarily altered as 190- foot crane is erected on the site of Shakespeare North Playhouse as theatre construction continues, January 2020


֍ Custom-made signs with a Shakespearian ‘Welcome Wanderer’ theme installed on the approaches to the town – January 2021
֍ Wayfinding signage installed in Prescot town centre – February 2021
֍ Installation of the oak-framed theatre begins inside the Shakespeare North Playhouse building – March 2021
֍ Major accessibility improvements completed at Prescot Railway Station – June 2021
֍ A piece of public art erected on three roundabouts leading to the town, highlighting Prescot’s industrial heritage – June 2021
֍ The crane used for 20 months in the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse theatre is dismantled and removed – September 2021
֍ Whitakers’ Garden Centre to move to new premises, the old Liverpool Road site will be transformed with new housing – November 2021
֍ Final piece of Gateway artwork is installed at Prescot Railway Station – December 2021
֍ Public urged throughout the year to become vaccinated against the Coronavirus pandemic


֍ The Cinema Group has been selected to carry out the renovation of the The Prescot Picture House – 24 March 2022֍ National retailer The Range to open their new store at the Cables Retail Park – 29 April 2022֍ Elizabethan Fayre held in Prescot town centre – 17 May 2022֍ Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prospero Place, Prescot opens – 15 July 2022֍ The Mermaid Tavern opens on Market Place (on the site of the former Red Lion) – July 2022
֍ Twilight Market and Lantern Parade in Prescot town centre – 6 November 2022֍ Knowsley Council purchases Prescot Shopping Centre for £1.3 million – 2 December 2022


֍ Picturing High Streets Exhibition on display in Prescot’s shop fronts, celebrating images of today’s high streets around England – March 2023
֍ Prescot’s Elizabethan Fayre returned to the town centre – 10 June 2023
֍ Serious Nonsense Festival in Prescot town centre celebrating Knowsley’s connections to Edward Lear – 11-13 August 2023

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