A Town of Firsts

The location of The Workers Memorial is Vera Page Park. This is a very significant and historic place for St Helens.

St Helens a town of world firsts

Formerly known as Lyons yard. This was a very important 19th century transport hub.  An old 19th century map overlaid over a present day map shows the rail head and the extent of the rail links. Many sidings terminated at the side of the Sankey or St Helens Canal. This was in it’s time a state of the art, cutting edge transport link, unrivalled anywhere in the world

The solution to transporting large heavy loads over long distances, the world would follow

Previously hauled by horse and cart over ancient medieval cart tracks, but not in the quantities now possible.

Innovation at it’s best

An 19th Century map overlaid on a modern map

An example of how the new transport links connected the country.

Copper ore mined in Angelsey was transported to St Helens by barge for smelting

St Helens also did international trade

The Ravenhead Copper Works smelted copper ore mined in Venezuela and Columbia


The refined copper was then distributed by the newly built railways

Why St Helens?

It takes 3 tons of coal to smelt 1 ton of copper . Cheaper to take the copper to the coal. 

St Helens was sat on a wealth of coal


Did Stephensons Rocket ever run into Lyons yard?

In it’s time the area would have been very busy with trains and barges known as Mersey Flats, carrying cargo to and from the port of Liverpool

Today it’s busy with shoppers and rugby fans

We now have an iconic monument in St Helens erected as a tribute to the workers who have gone before

The statue was unveiled on Sunday 28 April 2019