St Helen’s is a large and bustling town in Merseyside, approximately 6 miles north of the River Mersey itself. Like many of the surrounding towns and areas, St Helen’s largely developed during the Industrial Revolution with a focus on both coal mining and glass making. Nonetheless, it was still an important town for the textile industry with a focus on cotton and linen, specifically for sail making.
Indeed, glassmaking is still important to the town with Pilkington, a glass producer, being the town’s largest industrial place of work. St Helen’s has benefitted since the millennium as a result of area wide urban regeneration which has helped with accommodation as well as art and cultural development.