New book celebrates heritage of Knowsley

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture at Knowsley Council, with the new Knowsley book in Prescot Town Centre.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture at Knowsley Council, with the new Knowsley book in Prescot Town Centre.

A THREE-year culture and history project has been celebrated in a new book entitled simply “Knowsley”.

Hundreds of residents and schoolchildren took part in the Heritage Lottery Fund conservation skills project, which helped to uncover scores of fascinating little-known local facts.

The book detailing the results of the project is now available in local libraries.

Councillor Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for leisure, community and culture, said: “The book makes for a really interesting read and has captured some of the fascinating facts and unusual tales that are associated with Knowsley’s rich culture and heritage.

“So much work has gone into this project, and the passion and commitment shown by everyone concerned has really impressed me.

“Now the book will give a lasting legacy to all that work and research, and I’m sure it will become a valuable reference tool for anyone interested in local history and traditional conservation skills for a long time to come.”

The work of the Conservation Skills and Interpretation Project also played a vital part in securing Prescot additional funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative.

It could lead to a cash injection of up to £1.89m to restore some of the town centre’s most impressive historic architecture and train local people in traditional conservation skills.

And the Knowsley book is not the only lasting legacy of the heritage work which has been taking place in the borough.

The council recently unveiled six “Sister Stones” in the borough, each carved with some of the local area’s most iconic names, places and memories.

A Wall of Fame was also placed outside Huyton Library, bearing the names of 12 famous sons of Knowsley after a borough-wide vote.