This remarkable town has a
history dating back to at least 55BC when ancient
Celts created a burial mound at Castle Hill.
It was also here, at the opening of the Liverpool-Manchester railway in 1830, that the local, MP William Huskisson, died after being hit by George Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’, an event marked by a memorial near Newton’s Bull's Head Hotel.
The politician had tried to
cross the tracks to speak to another dignitary,
the Duke of Wellington.
The oldest canal in England, the St Helens Canal (originally known as the Sankey Brook Navigation), passes through the suburb of Earlestown and carries the railway on the dramatic Sankey Viaduct, otherwise called ‘the Nine Arches’.