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