New Life for Old Buildings in Eccleston Street Makeover

By on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

5-7_eccleston_street_prescotTwo historic town centre buildings have been given grants of £250,000 in total as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Numbers 5-7 and 21-23 Eccleston Street will be transformed, with restored shop fronts, conversion of upper storeys into residences, and general repairs and restorations.

Standing at the west end of the street, where Eccleston Street, Church Street and Market Place meet, 5-7 has been empty for about 15 years. The owners have already restored the ground floor, ready for retail use, at their own cost.

The property dates to late Georgian times, when it opened as a coach house and pub, The White Horse, in about 1830.

The restoration project includes the entire block, part of which is occupied by Waterfields bakery and cafe.

21-23_eccleston_street_prescotFurther up the street, 21-23, home to Flossy’s sandwich bar and Promise hair salon, is also receiving a cash injection for restoration and repairs.

The front of the building is Georgian, but its back half dates to the early seventeenth century.

Elizabethan timbers are visible from the adjacent Stone Street, reputed to be among the narrowest streets in England – so small, it is easily mistaken for an alleyway.

The £250k grants for the two properties come as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative, a £3.2-million project set up with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other agencies.

Over four years, the THI plans to restore the historic character of Prescot’s conservation area and put vacant floorspace back into residential and commercial use.

“Prescot is a town steeped in history and through the THI, we are helping to preserve and protect some of the most historic buildings,” said Councillor Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills.

“Through this project, we are not only reusing empty spaces, but we are also providing modern homes and better choice for those who which to live in Prescot. More grant applications will be reviewed in future Board meetings.”

The THI board is made up of community, heritage and business representatives from the town and borough. Four Prescot properties have already received grants, bringing the allotted money so far to £550,000.

THI officer Owen Barton has been keeping Prescotians up-to-date with the project at, where readers can find out more about the most recent historic buildings to receive grants.

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