Revitalising a historic town centre

Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a five year project to repair, restore and re-use historic buildings and spaces in Prescot town centre. Prescot is one of the oldest settlements in Merseyside and the project is drawing on this diverse heritage to help shape the town's future.

The THI will restore shopfronts, historic architectural features, repair historic buildings and improve open spaces, including medieval Market Place. It aims to make Prescot town centre more attractive and vibrant, working with existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating new homes.

The initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council and other local partners. It will see around £4 million invested in bringing Prescot's heritage back to life.

Celebrating a fascinating past

With its towering medieval church, timber framed buildings and well-preserved Georgian and Victorian architecture, Prescot is one of Merseyside's most historic towns.

Famed for its watchmaking during the 18th and 19th centuries, Prescot's varied industrial past includes coal mining, pottery and toolmaking.

The THI is here to conserve this heritage, conserve historic buildings and connect people to their town's rich past.


Get involved

Help shape the heritage initiative by taking part in consultations, or celebrate Prescot's history at events taking place throughout the project. Schools and colleges can also get hands-on with the past through activities and workshops for groups. Please use our contact form.

For up to date info about ways of being involved, visit our blog,

Heritage skills training

Historic buildings need people with the right knowledge to look after them. The THI will give people in and entering the local construction industry the opportunity to gain new skills and experience.

The THI will also help people find out more about careers in heritage.

Get in touch

Keep up-to-date by following us on twitter or find out more at Prescot Heritage Hub, the THI information centre at 53 Eccleston Street. The Hub is staffed by volunteers and the THI Officer and is open at different times from week to week.

You can also contact Owen Barton, THI Officer, by phone on 0151 443 2757 or by emailing owen.barton@knowsley.gov.uk.

Alternatively, please use our contact form.


Apply for grants

Owners of certain buildings in the Prescot Conservation Area can apply for grants to repair, restore and re-use their property.

Eligible properties are marked in red and orange.

Read the guide to applying for grants (PDF) and eligibility criteria (PDF) documents for detailed information about grants.

Advice for people interested in applying for a grant for shopfront repairs, renewal or restoration is available in the shopfront and signage design guide (PDF).

Conservation area appraisal

The conservation area appraisal (PDF) is a detailed assessment of Prescot's most historic areas.

The appraisal appendices (PDF) contain more detailed information and the management plan (PDF) outlines how the area will be managed.

Heritage Lottery Funded

© Knowsley Council 2016