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The Glass House St Helens

Weatherspoon Pubs The Glass House with the building been erected in 1939 in the glass making town. St Helens has been linked with the glass industry since the early 18th century. The town’s award-winning World of Glass visitors’ centre is only a few metres from this Wetherspoon pub.

The street in which this Wetherspoon pub stands once extended as far as Church Street. Among its now-vanished buildings were Georgian houses occupied by William Twist’s warehouse and the Original Vaults pub.

The building that you are now in was erected in 1939. It was shared until the 1970s by the Wine and Spirit Merchants Gallies & Co, and Twists, dealers in hardware and fancy goods.

Both firms originally had separate buildings on the site. Twist’s warehouse incorporated the town’s first Wesleyan Chapel.

After the Methodists moved to a new building in Tontine Street, the chapel was used by post and tax authorities, and a firm of solicitors. In 1849 it is marked as Court of Requests, a sort of small claims court.

Two old cottages also stood on the site. In the 1870s they were used to store wine and spirits, formerly kept under the old Town Hall. By the 1880s they had become Gallie’s premises.Thomas Frost, the draper, moved into one of the six shops on this site during the 1880s. By 1910, his drapery business had ventured into the entirety of the shops.

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