National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Alphabet Stone


Type Other

     A simple sandstone base supports the shaft which is carved with the letters of the alphabet on its southern side. The same side also has several vertical scores that run the length of the shaft on its left which suggest some form of carved decoration or recess.
     The site of the stone marks the place where the Old Town Hall stood until its demolition in the 1960s. It was demolished despite a public campaign to save it. The alphabet stone was a door lintel to a lock-up in the Old Town Hall, built 1755, and it is believed that the letters of the alphabet were used to test literacy. There is no letter J because this letter was not part of the alphabet at this time.


On front, south side of the shaft are three columns of letters of the alphabet in Roman type carved into the stone. The letters are on their side: ABCDEFGHI/KLMNOPQRSTUV/WXYZ

Contributor details

Contributor Role
known, Not Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Base Sandstone 20cm high x 72cm wide x 76cm deep
Shaft Sandstone 77cm high x 25cm wide x 25cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Bird guano
  • Biological growth
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • Replaced parts
  • None
Road Market Place
Precise location Set back from the road in a raised paved area, near to the gates of Prescot Parish Church
A-Z ref 3B 52
OS ref SJ468926
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1755
Unveiling details 1755
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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