infobox UK place
population= 11,184 (2001 Census)citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=790599&c=prescot&d=16&e=15&g=357983&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1211835210468&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779|title=2001 Census: Prescot|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=26 May|accessyear=2008]
region= North West England
os_grid_reference= SJ4692 Prescot is a town and
civil parish, within the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsleyon Merseyside, England. It is 8 miles to the east of Liverpool, and lies within the historic boundaries of Lancashire. At the 2001 Census, the population was 11,184 (5,265 males, 5,919 females). Prescot is the start of the A58 roadwhich runs all the way to Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
The town is served by
Prescot railway station.
Prescot's name is believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon "prēost" "priest" + "cot" "cot", meaning a cottage or small house owned or inhabited by a priest, a "priest-cottage". (ME prest, preste, priest, OE prēost, LL presbyter, Gk πρεσβύτερος presbýteros "elder, priest"). [citeweb|url=http://www.history.knowsley.gov.uk/information/print_text.msql?name=Prescot&ref=ptorigins |title=Prescot Origins and History|work=Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council|accessdate=29 December|accessyear=2005]
From c1593, into the early years of the 17th century, Prescot was home to the
Prescot Playhouse, a purpose-built Shakespearean theatre.
During the 18th and 19th centuries it was at the centre of the
watchand clockmaking industry. This ended with the failure of the Lancashire Watch Companyin 1910. In later years BICC Cables was the main employer in the town. [citeweb|url=http://www.lmu.livjm.ac.uk/BICC|title=BICC was Prescot, Prescot was BICC|accessdate=9 June|accessyear=2006]
The town was contained in the
Prescot Urban Districtin the administrative county Lancashirefrom 1894. When the administrative counties were abolished in 1974 the district became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsleyin the metropolitan countyof Merseyside.
Places of Interest
The town's main tourist attraction is now the local clock
museum. On the edge of the town is the famous estate of Lord Derby, which includes Knowsley Safari Park.There is also a Local football team, Prescot Cables, who currently play in the Unibond Leagueand host players such as former Swansea man Karl Connolly
Peter Briggswho wrote the film "Hellboy", was born in neighbouring Whiston and grew up in Prescot.
Daniel Craig( James Bond007), spent at least part of his childhood growing up in Prescot.
Sue Johnston(" Brookside", " The Royle Family").
John Philip Kemblewas born in Prescot. His house has since been demolished, but the road has been renamed Kemble Street. The John Kemble Pub stands on this street in his memory.
Sam Kelly("Porridge", " The Two Ronnies", "All or Nothing")
*Nonsense-poet and artist
*Classical pianist Paul Lewis, who featured as a soloist at the 2005
Last Night of the Proms, was a student at Prescot Grammar School.
David McCabe- Lead singer of the Merseyside Band The Zutons.
*Danny McCall, former "
Brookside" actor and star of West-End hit " The Sound of Fury", based on the life of Billy Fury
*Lord Stanley, one-time
Governor General of Canadaafter whom the Stanley Cupand Stanley Parkin Vancouver, British Columbia, was named
Stuart Sutcliffe, early member of The Beatlesattended Prescot Grammar School
*Organist Professor Ian Tracey of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Sid Watkins, world-renowned neurosurgeonwho served twenty-six years as the FIA Formula OneSafety Delegate and Medical Delegate, head of the Formula One on-track medical team, and first responder in case of a crash.
*Labour Prime Minister
Harold Wilsonwas once a Member of Parliamentfor Huyton, incorporating Prescot
*Former Everton FC player Mark Ward.
Prescot Parish Church
* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=36 Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 34]
* [http://www.artsinprescot.org.uk Arts in Prescot] News about arts and entertainment in the area, including the Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts
* [http://history.knowsley.gov.uk/prescot.html Historical Archives] Local government collection of pictures, photos and information about the town
* [http://www.prescotian.info The Prescotian] Site for alumni of the historic Prescot Grammar School
* [http://www.prescotchurch.merseyworld.com/ Prescot Parish Church]
* [http://www.prescot-rollofhonour.info Prescot Roll of Honour] Web site dedicated to the commemoration of the men of Prescot who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919
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