Project Spotlight – 46 Eccleston Street

46 Eccleston Street

Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative is a five-year project to repair, restore and re-use the historic buildings and spaces in Prescot town centre.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative aims to make Prescot town centre more attractive and vibrant by working with existing businesses, attracting new businesses and creating new homes.

The initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Knowsley Council and other local partners and will see around £4 million invested into bringing Prescot’s heritage back to life.

Prescot’s name is believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon “priest” + “cot”, meaning a cottage or small house owned or inhabited by a priest, a “priest-cottage”.

46 Eccleston Street has been occupied from the outset. Image credit – http://www.prescotthi.org.uk/

46 Eccleston Street – Facts

  • Stands at what was the North-Western tip of the grounds of Atherton Hall (Country House and Estate built in 1742 and ordered for demolition in 1824.) The demolition made space for a new road and railway station.
  • By 1888 the plot was empty – a large square plot of land ready for development.
  • First to appear on Eccleston Street during the 1890’s was the two and a half storey number 50 (initially Quicks bookshop and stationers) and then the two storey 52-56.
  • From the 1890’s 46-48 was occupied by a couple of single storey lock up shops which may have even been temporary buildings.
  • In 1910 the single storey buildings were replaced with the present day, two storey, brick built 46 Eccleston Street.
  • The shop was occupied from the outset, then is was “The Public Benefit Boot Company”, today it trades as “Girls on Top” – ladies hair salon.
  • The row of buildings that are 46-56 Eccleston Street are a perfect example of how the industrial revolution influenced the shape of the country. The then new railway station enabled factory produced bricks of any colour, shape or moulding to be brought to the site and used. At 46-48 the moulded gutter shelf has a course of bricks featuring an egg and dart moulding.
  • The row of shops on Eccleston Street also reflects a national trend: shops were becoming single use buildings, as opposed to being both residential/business.
  • 50 Eccleston Street is notably the tallest and deepest building on this street, this was because the shop keeper originally lived there and thus was built with that intention.
Moulded gutter shelf bricks featuring an egg and dart moulding. Image credit – http://www.prescotthi.org.uk/

We’re extremely pleased to be involved in this re-development project to recreate Prescot because it’s a fantastic example of the changing, evolving face of retail. Over time the quality of the original building has been obscured by later additions. Our aims with this project were to carry out a number of repairs and bring the original building and it’s history back to life.

At one point in it’s existence – no. 46 looked like this! Image credit – http://www.prescotthi.org.uk/


Currently a ladies hairdressers, 46 Eccleston Street has maintained open doors to the public whilst we’ve been carrying out conservation works; the customers here aren’t the only ones to receive a makeover!

We’ve been busy on site at 46 Eccleston Street over the last few months, with the project close to completion now.

  • The building has been re-roofed; to safeguard and protect against weathering and leaks, fitted with new cast iron rain water goods.
The roof before some much needed repairs.
  • The front and rear elevation have been re-pointed in order to visually re-new and enhance the exterior of the building, aswell as new stone heads added to the rear elevation again.
  • Front windows and doors to the rear have been replaced, enforcing security ad re-creating the new design of the shop.
The rear windows prior to being replaced.
  • The main entrance to the shop has also been re-designed to reflect the original building. The doors have been pushed back and new safety gates have been re-introduced.
  • Internally, we have carried out re-plastering works with lime plaster, creating a much smarter look for visiting customers.
The very welcoming hair-salon is located on Eccleston Street, Prescot.
  • Floor joists have been repaired and replaced to re-enforce the structural stability of the building.
  • Essential electrical works to fully ensure the building is modernised.
  • Painting and decorating works have been completed using specially sourced undercoats and gloss from local suppliers, creating a vibrant and uplifting interior – longed for by the minds behind Townscape Heritage Initiative.

In it’s final stages now, due to be complete by the end of January; we certainly can’t wait to see the new face of Eccleston Street once it’s finished.

The front gates are a new addition by our team on site.

The services we provide for you at

aura conservation


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

Whats On?

January 2019
19 Lime Pointing
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25 Lime Based Mortars and Traditional Materials for Repair of Civil Engineering Structures
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
25-26 Project Management and Urban Design
Birmingham City University
28-31 Specifying Conservation Works
West Dean College, West Sussex
29-30 Rubble Wall Building
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
February 2019
1 Timber Frame Repairs
Cressing Temple Barns, Essex
1-3 Chapel Royal in England: Arechitecture, Music and Worship
Rewley House, Oxford
2 Day Rendering with Lime
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
4-7 Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork
West Dean College, West Sussex
5-6 Making and Using Traditional Mortars – C1 Contractor Level 1
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
5 Housekeeping and Dust
West Dean College, West Sussex
5 Exploring the History, Art and Conservation of Leighton House
Kensington, London
6-7 Understanding Building Conservation
CIOB, London
8-9 Understanding British Buildings
Birmingham City University
9 Sash and Case Window Repairs
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
12 Historic Cements and Concrete
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
15-16 Disaster Management and Heritage
Birmingham City University
18-22 Intensive Training Assessment and Accreditation in Construction Masonry
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
18 Conservation of Timberwork
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
19-20 Understanding Building Conservation
21 Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
22 Lime Pointing Training Day
Bodmin, Cornwall
25 Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents
Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House, London

Thanks to Building Conservation for proving us with these Key Dates and Events not to be missed in January.

Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world. Along with prudent financial management, we have a sound financial foundation that will see us prosper in the coming years.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB. Tel. 0161 442 9850 Fax. 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk


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