Prescot Hall of Fame

By on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Know of a famous name linked to Prescot, Merseyside? Born here, grew up here or has connections to the town? Email us with your suggestions!

Famous people from or connected to Prescot:

Nineteenth-century poet and artist Edward Lear (1812-1888) Lear came to Prescot in the 1830s to draw pictures of Lord Derby’s menagerie of animals, and wrote his most famous poem, The Owl and the Pussycat, for the Earl’s children, in 1866. He is still celebrated today for his limericks, a form which he pioneered.

Actress Sue Johnston. Born on 7 December, 1943, Sue attended Prescot Grammar School for Girls. In the 1980s, she became well-known as Sheila Grant in the long-running Liverpool TV soap Brookside. She later played the mum, Barbara Royle, in the Manchester-based sitcom The Royle Family. She has also played forensic psychologist Dr Grace Foley in the BBC drama Waking the Dead.

Musician Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was born in Edinburgh, in 1940, attended primary school in Huyton and completed his education at Prescot Grammar School. He was a founding member of The Beatles, but tragically died of an aneurysm in 1962, aged just 21. He is still known as “the Fifth Beatle.”

Playwright William Shakespeare. While Stratford-upon-Avon is the place most associated with the Bard, Shakespeare almost certainly stayed with the Earl of Derby in Prescot. Historians believe he may well have staged the premiere of some his plays at the Prescot Playhouse, at the turn of the 17th century the most important free-standing theatre outside London.


  1. Harry Doward

    Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Hilarious – Just seen the ‘Knowsley’ Wall of Fame in Huyton, celebrating the great and the good from Knowsley…unfortunately NONE of the named persons are actually from Knowsley! All over 36 and doing a brief google…

    Matt Simpson – poet – born Bootle
    Beecham father and Son – St Helens
    Harold Wilson MP – born Huddersfield
    Rex – Harrison – Huyton
    John Conteh – Kirkby
    the rest are from Kirby or Huyton or Whiston…Knowsley means zero to any of them or any of their peers.

    I’m afraid I’ve never heard Stevei G say “I’m from Knowsley”.

    Another joke from KMBC wasting cash on building the Knowsley Brand for the few mandarins in Huyton who give a toss. The rest of us just want frontline services not pointless wallplaques.

  2. Stephen Nulty

    Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Whilst not necessarily “famous”, I would like to nominate the 300 + men of Prescot who fell in the Great War for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

    They are all remembered, many with pictures, biographies, etc. on my website at

    “We Will Remember Them”

  3. Les Birchall

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I wish to nominate the great Harry Grizedale. Prescot Cables finest player and a real gentleman

    • Tommy Taylor

      Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      I remember Harry who worked at BICC. A Cables great along with Albert Jelley and Frank Garton. I played one game with Harry, an away match at Rolls Royce at Barnoldswick about 1964.

  4. harry doward

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Professor Sid Watkins.
    F1 chief medic and great friend of Ayrton Senna

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