St Helens, Merseyside
St Helens is a large town in Merseyside, England. It is the centre of the metropolitan borough of St Helens. The town has population of 102,629. The entire metropolitan borough had a population of 176,843 at the 2001 census.
The town and the area round it grew in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a centre for coal mining and glassmaking. It was also home to a cotton and linen industry (notably sail making) lime and alkali pits, and brewing.
Glass producer Pilkington is the town's only remaining large industrial employer.
St.Helens has the second highest rate of suiside within the United Kingdom.
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