Prescot War Memorial Given Listed Status

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Prescot war memorialPrescot War Memorial, which now stands on the steps outside Prescot Parish Church, has been granted Grade II listed status.

The memorial was erected in 1916 on the opposite side of St Mary’s Church, on the junction of Church Street and West Street, and was later moved to the parish steps.

It was designed by Samuel Welsby of Widnes, and features a statue of a soldier from the South Lancashire Regiment, to which Prescot’s fallen soldiers belonged.

Historic England inspected it in March before making their declaration.

“Prescot is steeped in history, so the Grade II listed status for the war memorial further adds to Prescot being a town packed with heritage,” said John Flaherty, Chief Executive of Knowsley Council’s Place.

“Situated by the Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church, the memorial is a very much valued landmark in the town, highlighting the tragic impacts of world events on this community as well as being one of the earliest memorials installed in the country.”

See also:

  • Prescot Roll of Honour – Stephen Nulty’s meticulously researched website remembering the lives and deaths of Prescot’s World War One soldiers

3 Comments

  1. Stephen Nulty

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    This is really good news and long overdue. My research suggests that when this memorial was unveiled on 9th September 1916, it was the first specifically commissioned Civic Memorial in the country.

    • alison Marchini

      Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Such good news. My grandads name is on the memorial having lost his life in WW2.

  2. Tom Platt

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:59 am

    I have moved back to Prescot after living in Bristol for 27yrs. The memorial always reminds me of remembrance days past when I was a bugler with Prescot Boys Brigade. I always did, and still do, behold the memorial with awe and respect.

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