The metropolitan district of Knowsley is a metropolitan district of Merseyside. It is named after the village of Knowsley and includes the communities of Kirkby, Prescott, Huyton, Whiston, Halewood, Cronton and Stockbridge Village. The district was created on April 1,1974, by the Local Government Act of 1972. It was formed by the amalgamation of the urban districts of Huyton-with-Roby, Kirkby and Prescot, with most of the rural district of Whiston and a small part of it. West Lancashire Rural District.