Local History and Old Images - Prescot Roll of Honour
Prescot Local History
On this page, I will post any images or links associated with Prescot of yesteryear. My intention is that all of these images should have a Great War link, but I am happy to include any which simply relate to the history of our old town
Clicking on any of the images will cause them to be enlarged
Please note that as these images were being copied and used without acknowledgment of the source, I have added watermarks. If you have a genuine use for these images and are prepared to acknowledge the source, then I will be happy to supply a copy without the watermark on request.
In addition to the items and articles below, why not have a look at the Newsletters on this page
Courtesy of John Hopkins, this picture shows the Royal Oak with Acre Mill and Houghton Street in the background. The year 1891 is visible on the Royal Oak, and Acres Mill was destroyed in 1907, so clearly the picture is between those dates
An interesting view of Prescot from the South. Dated around 1903, it was from George Hemingway's Prescot Directory of that year. I reckon it must have been taken from somewher in the region of the old Wire Mill, now part of the Retail Park
Another from John Hopkins collection, this shows the King leaving Prescot Station. I believe that this was around 1920 and he was heading to visit Lord Derby. Note the Imperial to the left and the old BI Buildings to the right, in addition to the crowds lining the route.
For GWF Pals, the Essex Roll of Honour can be downloaded here
28th September 2012
I have now added a transcription of the 1924 Kelly's Directory for Prescot
17th September 2012
Prescot Home Guard - 81st Battalion
I have been provided with two excellent pictures of the 81st Battalion (Prescot) of the Home Guard during the Second World War. The pictures are produced below. The pictures have been provided by Stephen Lewins of Morpeth, Northumberland, and both he and I are very keen to identify any of the men in either of the pictures. We are also keen to know the location where the pictures were taken. If you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and also email Stephen at email@example.com
24th September 2012 - Update
Many thanks to those who contacted me about these pictures. All are agreed that the group picture is on the football pitch at the BI Sports Ground. Paul Nulty also advises that the stand was donated from Goodison Park !!. Most suggestions are the the meal picture was taken in the BI Dining Rooms but this has not yet been proven. The windows in the picture do not match those on other pictures of the building that I have.
Further suggestions are always welcome.
3rd September 2012
Prescot 1918 Commercial Directory
This link will allow you to download a pdf of the 1918 Commercial Directory of Prescot, sorted into alphabetical street order
27th June 2012
Prescot in the 1901 Census
The link below will allow you to download a PDF document which is my own transcription of the 1901 census of Prescot, created as part of my Great War research
27th June 2012
1911 Census - Enumerator's Summary Books
I have now also transcribed the Enumerator Index for the 1911 census. This only shows heads of household by name but is a useful document as it also shows uninhabited propertiees, such as shops, stables, etc., and also gives an interetsing view of the route taken by the Enumerators as they worked their way around the town.
If you would like a copy of this document, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you within a day or so
BI Men laying tramlines
Kindly provided by John Hopkins, this picture shows tram lines being laid, and in the background is a sign which reads "British Insulated & Helsby Cables Ltd, Electrical Engineers & Contractors, Prescot, Lancs". I;m not sure of the location or date. If you can shed any light on the picture, drop me a line at the email address on the Home Page
West End Villas
An image of West End Villas, c. 1900. Derby Street goes up to the to left and West Street to the right
The Day Shift, 1903
A picture from George Hemingway's 1903 Directory of Prescot, showing the Day Shift at the Wire Works
The image shown below is from John Hayes, the son of James Hayes. It shows James (centre) in St Ives, Cornwall in 1961. Along with him are Harold Gore (left) and Walter Orrett (right).
All three men are included on the site as "Also Served".
The Watch Factory
This image is from a directory of Prescot, dated 1903 and published by George Hemingway. It is an early image of the Watch Works and is probably from the early 1890's. Note that the usual "Prescot Watch Works" sign has not yet been painted on the wall and I believe that the white "rubble" in the centre left of the picture is the initial building of Albany Road. Interestingly, no other roads are visible
The Court Leet
Pictured in the mid-1920's, the gentlemen of the Court Leet are seen enjoying a drink outside the Deanes House. They are about to go to the Town Hall for the Perrying Ceremony
Old Prescot Football Teams
John Hayes has sent the following three pictures of football teams in Prescot early in the 20th Century. Can you identify any of the players, teams, the location or maybe the dates?
If so, drop me an email at email@example.com
John's dad, James Hayes (See "Old Soldiers" above), is on the extreme right and Walter Orrett is to the left of the goal keeper
James Hayes is holding the ball, front and centre, with Walter Orrett immediately behind him. This looks like it may have been a school team, and it is known that James attended the Board School in Warrington Road
James is 3rd from the left in the back row, and Walter is 5th from the left