Prescot in 1839
Prescot is in West Derby hundred, 198 miles from London, and 8 from Liverpool. The parish, divided into fifteen townships or chapelries, contains 34,920 acres, with a population in 1831 of 28.084. The township of Prescot contains 240 acres ; population 5,055. There are extensive collieries in the parish. Among the principal manufactures of the town are those of small files, and the movements and other parts of watches, also coarse earthenware; especially sugar-moulds, sail-cloth, and cottons. The market is on Tuesday. The Liverpool and Manchester railway passes near the town, and the coach-road between those towns passes through it : the town consists principally of one long street along this road. The church is ancient and large; the tower and spire are of modern erection. There are several dissenting meeting-houses. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, of the clear yearly value of £893, with a glebe-house There were in the township in 1833 one endowed school with 55 scholars ; ten other day-schools with 403 scholars ; and three Sunday-schools with 960 children.