For the Record


A guided bus tour of the official and unofficial heritage of St Helens. 

Over the course of a week in September in St Helens, I walked the bus route around the town every day. As I walked, I gathered stories, alternative histories from the people I bumped into on my way.

The tour developed and a route was forged including highlights such as: The Chantry, The House on Hope Street where Paul was born in 1974, The Taxi Rank where there was an exorcism, Marlene’s Bingo Hall, Mansion House, The College where Colin Grenhall learnt to make egg custards, The Museum that had a stuffed tiger that scared George as a boy, The Park that Paul the Driver spent many days with his two friends on three yellow bikes, Ant’s House before it got knocked down, Where The Beatles played, Lowe House, Burton’s where Neil bought the suit he wore for his wedding day, Michelle’s Bus Stop which took her to a different temp job each day and the World of Glass.

A Heart of Glass commission. Photos by Stephen King.