Prescot Theatre Dig Turns up Historical Artefacts

By on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Archaeologists have unearthed items dating from the 15th to 17th centuries during preparatory work on the site of Prescot’s new theatre.

Pieces of kitchenware, earthenware, storage jars and fragments of a tobacco pipe were among the artefacts discovered beneath Mill Street, where Shakespeare North’s plans to build an Elizabethan-style playhouse and education centre are underway.

In the video below, Dr Rob Philpott explains more about the objects found during a detailed survey of land conditions.


The mound, sitting between the Old Mill pub and the former Prescot Museum, will be completely flattened to make way for the ambitious arts complex.

Such famous names as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Patrick Stewart have signed on as patrons of the Shakespeare North charity.

Backers envisage the project as the missing piece of the ‘Shakespearean Triangle,’ connecting the north of England with the Globe Theatre, London, and the Bard’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon.


  1. Julie molyneux

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Wonderful. So glad we are getting a theatre I am in amateur dramatic group hopefully we will be able to perform there. As long as the fees are not excessive. We need to encourage the arts. Sometimes it comes at an expense

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  3. Tony Ely

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Any sign of the Libdems City Region Metro Mayor candidates manifesto as that also appears to be from the dark ages.??✒

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