New Artwork for Prescot Town Centre

By on Thursday, July 20, 2017

A vibrant, colourful mosaic has been unveiled in Prescot town centre.

The specially commissioned piece of public art is at the junction of Eccleston Street, Aspinall Street and the recently renovated Atherton Street. Incorporating vintage photos of Prescot, the tiled mosaic celebrates Prescot’s heritage and history.

The various sections relate to Prescot industries such as pottery, coal mining and watch making, and Prescot’s links to cultural icons William Shakespeare, Edward Lear and John Philip Kemble.

The artwork was created by artists Bernadette Hughes and Susan Whittle with input from local residents and schools on the design and content of the mosaic. It even includes a roof tile from number 44 Eccleston Street and cogs to represent the town’s watch-making history.

The mosaic is the first in a planned series of public artworks in and around Prescot Town Centre as part of the town’s Art in Public Places Strategy.

It also acknowledges the contribution made by the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) to the repair and restoration of 54 and 56 Eccleston Street with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We heard stories about the town’s history, people brought in pictures and objects to be incorporated into the mosaic and about 150 people actually created the final artwork by putting tiles in place,” said artist Bernadette.

“It’s great that so many people got involved and it’s lovely to see the final piece in place for people to enjoy.”

54 and 56 Eccleston Street date from the 1870s at the corner of Aspinall Street, which was created as a new road connecting the town centre to the town’s new railway station. The restoration of the shopfronts on the building is based on photographs of the building from the 1890s and early 1900s.

The tile mosaic incorporates historic photos of Prescot provided by Prescot Museum.

Photo: Cllr Graham Morgan with artist Bernadette Hughes and children from St Mary and St Pauls Primary School in Prescot, who were part of creating the mosaic.

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