Stone Street in Prescot will be temporarily closed from Monday 9 October until February 2018 while restoration and repair work is carried out on 23 Eccleston Street.
The scaffold put up to work on the building will block off the narrowest part of the street which means the full street has to be closed during the work.
Along with the rest of the town, Stone Street has a fascinating history and is part of the medieval street layout of Prescot.
Did you know?
Stone Street is one of the narrowest streets in the country! At its narrowest point between the walls of 23 and 25 Eccleston Street it measures 2’ 7”. However, it is impossible to travel the full length of the street without squeezing through the 2’ gap between the downpipe of number 25 and the wall of number 23.
History of Stone Street
Stone Street is part of the medieval street layout of Prescot which probably took its present shape after the town was granted a market charter in 1333.
Originally it would have been little more than pathway between two largely open areas of land, but as these areas of land were built upon this pathway became a street serving the cottages and other premises along it.
Before being re-named Stone Street in the nineteenth century, it seems that the lower half of the street was called Cross Street and the higher part Stone Street.
Although it is too narrow for road vehicles and people can only fit through it in single file, it is still technically a public highway, like High Street or Kemble Street.
What’s happening to 23 Eccleston Street?
The work will repair the roof, windows, and brickwork of the building as well as restore a historic shopfront to the building based on a photograph from the early 1900s. The Stone street side of the building will be cleaned and repaired.
21 and 23 Eccleston Street may well be the oldest building in Prescot other than the Parish Church. Its oak frame is made of trees that were cut down in the late sixteenth century. Part of this frame can be seen from Stone Street. The timbers the poke out of the gable wall of no.23 run the entire length of 21 and 23 Eccleston Street and support the full length of its roof.
The works at 23 Eccleston Street will complement the THI building projects at 19, 21 and 29-31 Eccleston Street (Andrew Louis, Flossy’s and Millican’s Opticians). There are plans for nearby 27 Eccleston Street and 14-20 Eccleston Street to also be repaired and restored using the grants offered by the THI.
The building is being repaired and restored by the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).