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A unique ‘Welcome’ to Prescot

New and bespoke signage has been installed around Prescot to welcome people into the town.

The custom-made signs are part of a wider strategy for the town, which will see distinct pieces of public art and other unique signage installed later this year.
Each of the new signs have been uniquely designed to reflect the heritage of Prescot and the importance of the town on the world’s stage. 

The ‘Welcome Wanderer’ phrase, featured on all four signs, is a nod to William Shakespeare’s relevance to the town and the new Shakespeare North Playhouse currently under construction.

The concepts for the designs were developed by artist Martin Heron, following his extensive consultation with the local community, as part of the wider Prescot Connectivity Gateway Arts project. 

Prescot’s rich industrial heritage, strong sense of community and history and the entrepreneurial spirit of local people were key themes throughout the consultation.

Artist, Martin Heron said: “It was a pleasure to work with the local Prescot community, the Prescotians are great people and it was one of my favourite projects for community involvement.

“These signs are original to Prescot and carry some of the history and heritage of the town. Even without reading the detail, the Prescot signs are colourful and craft based. 

“They will sit well with the outer gateway artworks that will arrive early next year and stand out in a special way.”

The signs can be found at the following areas:
Warrington Road – the old BICC cable drums influence this design and some of the decorative cut patterns reference elements of the drum.
St Helens Road – this sign is themed around clocks and watches. The text reads ‘make use of time’, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis poem.
Liverpool Road – there is a strong link to Shakespeare, with reference to the Shakespeare North Playhouse and Shakespeare’s face on the imagery.
Carr Lane – this design refers to the Mug fairs that used to take place in Prescot and the round house is where Prescot pottery was sold at Market Place, a tradition that carried on right through to the early 1990s.

Artist Martin Heron has worked in collaboration with residents of Prescot to design a series of new artworks installations to be located on main gateways into the town. 
The installations take inspiration from Prescot’s rich industrial history, where during the 18th and 19th centuries it was at the centre of the watch and clock making industry.

Beginning work in September 2019 Martin hosted a series of consultation sessions with residents, community groups and school pupils to create designs for the new artwork.  

Listening to the thoughts and ideas of more than 300 people from and connected to the area he has created the colourful concepts that depict the clocks and cables that were produced in Prescot and that the town is so famous for.

The new four inner gateway signs are the first to be installed as part of this project and the three roundabout artworks will be installed in Spring 2021.

The signs are funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority the Local Growth Fund as part of the £8 million wider Shakespeare North Rail Interchange scheme. 

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