St Helens is a town in the east of Merseyside an in the north-west of England. St Helens started as a tiny village and expanded massively during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries due to the preponderance of mining in the town. The production of glass later became a major source of the town's wealth. St Helens today bears the marks of its industrial past in the form of several beautiful Victorian buildings, including the Gamble Institute, now housing St Helen's library, as well as the Beecham Clock Tower. The home of the Beecham family, Johnny Vegas and David Yates, modern-day St Helens is a busy and bustling northern town. Arry types can visit Dream, a unique piece of contemporary art based in one of the town's ex-collieries, as well as exhibitions at the town's World of Glass, which also offers glass blowing taster sessions for the crafty! Those who enjoy the great outdoors can visit the nearby Fir Tree Farm and the Mersey Forest, and those looking for an active nightlife can visit the town's great pubs and bars. With two shopping centres housing high-street brands as well as independent shops throughout the city, shopaholics will feel perfectly at home in St Helens. Young families can choose from the range of schools serving the area, whilst professionals will be delighted with the short commute to Liverpool and Manchester of only half an hour. Properties to rent in St Helens are wonderfully affordable, ranging from terraces perfect for growing families to beautiful flats in converted homes to expansive family houses in the nearby countryside.