The Prescotian Webzine

Introducing Prescot 1961
LANCASHIRE'S industrial towns are, to the uninitiated, all alike, with belching chimneys towering above massive mills, grey-black public buildings and (he constant clamour of their bustling streets. It is a true enough picture, on the face of it, but delve a little beneath the surface and you will find that each of these towns has its own individual story, and each retains those subtle distinctions which make Bolton different from Bury, Warrington from Wigan and Prescot from Pendlebury.

Prescot is a good example of this sturdy individuality. It is surrounded by formidable neighbours, much larger than itself. But you will

not find Prescot people regarding themselves as in any way dependent on Liverpool. Warrington or St. Helens. Prescot is very much an independent community and in the following pages is told something of its history, and how it lives and works today.

The tale will show that Prescot deserves to he noticed. Its early importance was based on its significance as a religious centre and in medieval days the parish covered fifty-eight square miles. The Grammar School, which still flourishes in the town, was founded in 1544. In the 18th century, the manufacture of watch-movements and tiles brought the town international fame. Now, as the home of one of Britain's largest paper insulated cable works, Prescot has recaptured its industrial prosperity and is playing a part in the country's economy, which is out of all proportion to the size of the town itself.

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