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Another first for Our Lady’s Prescot

Children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot have become the first school to visit the archaeological dig at the site for the new Shakespeare North Theatre in Prescot.

The children from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary Prescot were also the first Knowsley school to perform a Shakespearean play (Hamlet) to a paying audience in Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre in the Autumn of 2014.

Despite the rain the children were fascinated by the various artefacts found and learned that the site used to contain an old mill and a pottery before it became a car park.

The children could link this fact to why the pub beside it was called ‘The Old Mill’.

Another highlight of the visit was seeing the old well which would have been used in Georgian times and perhaps before, to provide water for the mill, pottery and local houses.

One of the children said: “It was amazing to discover how the archaeologists discovered and identified the old buildings. I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to see the site before it disappears under the new theatre.”

Once the foundations of the theatre are put in place all of what the children saw will be buried underground again.

However, the new theatre will boost the economy in Prescot and perhaps some of the children from Our Lady’s will be performing Shakespeare there in a few years time.

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on April 11th, 2018



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