Prescot Church & War Memorial Focus of Heritage Weekend
The 17th-century church of St Mary’s and the Prescot War Memorial will be the focus of attention at this weekend’s Open Heritage Days (9-11 September).
As part of the national three-day event, the Parish Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin will be opening its doors to the public on Friday (12 noon-3pm), Saturday (11am-3pm) and Sunday (1pm-3pm). Entry is free, although donations are welcome.
The Jacobean church, dating to 1610, boasts an original and recently restored timber ceiling and an Anglo-Saxon stone font, among other features. It is Knowsley’s only Grade I listed building.
But the weekend’s events start with a ceremony by the adjacent War Memorial, which turns 100 this year and was one of the first war memorials in the country.
The outdoor service starts at 11am on Friday 9 September, and as well as honouring the centenary of the memorial, it commemorates the Prescot soldiers lost in World War I’s Battle of the Somme, a century ago this year.
The occasion is organised by the Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard with Prescot Town Council and Knowsley Council.