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    Just a little bit of Prescot history, Which some of you may find interesting.

    Prescot is one of the oldest towns in Merseyside and it is believed that an early Christian church was established here in the 7th century. In medieval times Prescot was a thriving market town and the ecclesiastical centre of a large parish covering much of south west Lancashire.

    The 18th century brought considerable changes to Prescot and the continued growth in a number of craft industries created one of the earliest centres of the Industrial Revolution. These craft industries were concentrated around watch making, tool making and the potteries, resulting in Prescotís increased prosperity. The town also had close links with Liverpoolís expanding overseas trade and as a result became an important coaching centre on the Lancashire Turnpike System. As the old trades disappeared other industries replaced them and during the 20th century BICC was a big local employer, utilising the highly skilled watch making workforce. Prescot once had an unusual tradition known as the Perrying Ceremony. It involved the officers of the Court Leet throwing heated pennies from the windows of the Town Hall into the market place below. People would then scramble to pick them up.


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    Prescott was a world leader in timepiece making and design - well before Switzerland knew what a cuckoo clock was.
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    It certainly was. I lived in a watchmakers house at one time in Prescot. But he had long since gone.

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    I worked up there for a few years. Nice place.

    Good War memorial for Prescot online here http://www.prescot-rollofhonour.info/

    Its ran by Steve. Well worth a read.
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    Nice one Linda. Where's Prescot...

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    Prescot Museum. Been there today, with wife & two youngest grandchildren. There were very interested in the layout and history at this lovely museum, listing what the area had in days gone by. The receptionist was very helpful with knowledge. The unfortunate part of Prescot is that it has lost a lot of it's wonderful olde worlde character, by opening a big retail park.

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