The Tour of Britain in Prescot
In the 2012 Tour of Britain, the finish line of a gruelling 112 mile race from Nottingham was at Knowsley Hall. The cyclists only skirted Prescot, travelling from Huyton, up the A58 and into the Park at the Hall.
This year an entire stage of the Tour of Britain – Stage 3 on 17th September – will take place entirely within the Borough of Knowsley and start and finish at Knowsley Hall. The especially good news for Prescot is that the route is from the Hall, east along the A58, down St Helen’s Road onto High Street, Derby Street and Liverpool Road and on to Knowsley Village. The action will take place in the middle of town.
Not only will the race run through the town centre (including the conservation area and THI area), but the fact it’s an individual time trial rather than a regular race means that cyclists, including Britain’s own Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, will be whizzing by one by one over a three-hour period, starting at 12 noon.
There will be a market and activity stalls along Eccleston Street throughout the day. The Prescot THI will be there with its own mini-marquee at the corner of Eccleston Street and Leyland Street. We will be there with two of our partners: the North West Heritage Skills Academy and the Prescot Heritage Hub.
The Skills Academy will be demonstrating traditional lime pointing and traditional lime plastering. If you fancy a go at this you can have a try (the experts make it look a lot easier than it actually is!) There will also be a woodcarver working on a live project, with other finished projects to look at. This is our first activity with the Academy, who will be working on the skills and training aspects of the THI.
The Prescot Heritage Hub will be promoting its upcoming activities and will be displaying the pots and other archaeological finds that were unearthed during the works on Leyland Street.
The ongoing works are still a couple of weeks off completion, but Leyland Street will be as open as possible.
Details about the cycling and how to get there are here.
We hope to see you there!