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PRESCOT, a town, a township, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Lancashire. The town stands 2 miles N E of Huyton r. station, 2 N W of Rainhill r.station, and 8 E by N of Liverpool; is a seat of petty sessions; publishes a weekly newspaper; carries on extensive manufacture of watch-movements, watch-tools, and files; participates in the coal trade; contains breweries and manufactories of coarse earthenware and sanitary tubes; and has a head post-office, a town hall, a church, three dis-senting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a grammar school, a public lending library, a floral and horticultural society, a harmonic society, several endowed alms-houses, and aggregate charities £898. The town includes all P. township, and part of Eccleston township. Pop. in 1851, 7,393; in 1861, 6,066. Houses, 1,204. The township comprises 270 acres. Real property, £15,224; of which £1,500 are in mines, and £60 in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 6,393; in 1861, 5,130. Houses, 1,015. Pop. in 1851, 46,527; in 1861, 63,540. Houses, 11,288. The living of Prescot is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £1,200.* Patron, Kings College, Cambridge. more ...

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

Archives and Libraries

Local studies information is held at Knowsley library.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Prescot area is Prescot.

Description and Travel

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ENG-LAN-PRESCOT is an e-mail list for Prescot genealogy.

Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Prescot contained the townships of Prescot, Rainford, Windle, Parr, Eccleston, Sutton, Whiston, Rainhill, Bold, Cronton, Ditton, Widnes, Cuerdley, Penketh and Great Sankey.

You can see the administrative areas in which Prescot has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Some information about the history of Prescot.

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Prescot was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.