Prescot is a town and civil parish, which, since 1974, has been located within the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside, England. It lies approximately eight miles to the east of Liverpool city centre. At the 2001 Census, the population was 11,184.
Prior to 1974 it was part of Lancashire where it had been an urban district since 1894. Prescot was also one of the ancient parishes of Lancashire, comprising fifteen townships and having a total area of 37,221 acres. (Source:Victoria County Histories)
Prescot's name is believed to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon prēost "priest" + cot "cot", meaning a cottage or small house owned or inhabited by a priest, a "priest-cottage". (ME prest, preste, priest, OE prēost, LL presbyter, Gk πρεσβύτερος presbýteros "elder, priest").
During the 18th and 19th centuries it was at the centre of the watch and clock making industry. This ended with the failure of the Lancashire Watch Company in 1910. In later years the BICC company was the primary industrial employer in the town. BICC ceased operations in Prescot in the early 1990s before the site was demolished and later cleared. The land remained desolate until the year 2000 when it was then regenerated into what is now known as Cable's Retail Park, the name of which is a reference to the BICC and the history of the site on which it was built.