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.

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