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Historic artefacts found in Prescot

by Lisa Bennett

Artefacts from as early as the 14th century have been found at the site where the exciting new Shakespeare North Playhouse will be built in Prescot.

The artefacts were unearthed during survey work at the site on Mill Street, which involved detailed investigation of the soil and rock. The results of this survey work will help to inform the design of the theatre and education centre, providing greater clarity of the land conditions.

Archaeologist, Dr. Rob Philpott was on site to oversee the test digging and to investigate the ground for potential archaeological interest.

The digging unearthed some fascinating artefacts from the 14th to 17th centuries, many of which were probably made in Prescot or very close by.

They included pieces of kitchenware, earthenware, jars for storing items or hold water and fragments of a tobacco pipe.

Dr Rob Philpott, explains more about these artefacts and the history of the Mill Street site in this short video.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse

Knowsley Council approved plans for the new playhouse in April 2016 and in November 2016 the lead architect and other key appointments were made.

Famous actress, Dame Judi Dench, recently proclaimed her support for the Shakespeare North Playhouse and how pleased she is about the theatre being in Knowsley.