Made in Preston

Made in Preston and the surrounding area, the engineers story.

www.madeinpreston.co.uk - website established 2002

aircraft, trucks, buses, locos, trams

Read about Preston and its surrounding area on this website.

Red Rose of Lancashire, link to our page about Lancashire

Great things have been made in the area and some still are: most of the RAF's current fighter aircraft, such as Eurofighter Typhoon, and Leyland Trucks.

Previously buses like the Leyland Atlantean and its predecessors, Atkinsons Vehicles, the Deltic prototype locomotive, 1000's of trams and large electric motors, miles of cotton woven and rayon fabric.

Photo: these Blackpool trams were made in Preston by English Electric Ltd. On Heritage Tram duty Easter 2013.

They will be there again Easter 2014 (Fri, Sat, Sun) when the theme is 'English Electric at Easter'. This marks 80 years since the trams were built in Preston and delivered to Blackpool. Known as 'Streamliners' the design was innovative and the form still regarded as iconic.

Blackpool trams made in Preston

Manufacture of printing presses was a sophisticated and big industry from 1860 to 2006. Many smaller manufacturers made machinery for the cotton mills and hand tools. Wireworking such as fencing, sheeting and ornaments was significant.

Companies such as Horrocks, Dick Kerr's(English Electric), Joseph Foster(Goss), Leyland Motors, Leyland Rubber(BTR), Leyland Paints were well known nationally in their time. Slingers and Starkies were well known locally.

Inventions from Preston like the Arkwright water frame spinning machine that transformed cotton manufacturing and made a big contribution to the machine age.

 

Recently refound: 50 years ago PNE were Wembley bound and here's my FA Cup semi-final ticket. Thought lost but found inside a book in 2014.

PNEvSwansea FA Cup semi-final 1964

 

Sir Tom Finney 5th April 1922 to 14th February 2014. Preston's favourite son. A gentleman and football great.

Civic Funeral 1pm, 27th February 2014.

Sir Tom Finney

Obituary on the BBC : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26200831

 

Our funeral report - click here

 

SirTom Finney funeral


Friday's photo: Preston Harris Museum Exhibition, 'Behind the Scenes' Promoting the Harris's wonderful textile collection as an international education resource. On until Spring 2015.

Preston Flute Group

Preston Cenotaph cleaned and smartened for 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, 4th August 1914.

Preston Cenotaph


Preston Bus Station. The brutalist building was Grade II listed in September 2013. Sun rising on a cold winters day in January 2013. Our car is parked in there.

Preston Bus Station, Grade II listed

 

Things to do:

 

Ribble Steam Railway and Museum, Preston Docks

A great collection of locos, workshop and an operating service. Deltic prototype made in Preston and at the museum, courtesy of the NRM. Become a 'friend'.

Ribble Steam Railway, Preston, Deltic Prototye

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland

A stunning collection of vehicles and a massive archive. Become a 'friend'.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston centre

Preston's pride. A Grade 1 listed building housing excellent museum collections and art all displayed to a very high standard. Become a 'friend'.

The Lancashire Rosettes entertaining in the iconic Harris Museum 28th August 2013. Nice sound, the acoustics are good as well.

Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston.

A good collection of pieces relating to the history of Lancashire: cotton, engineering, police, military, war, nature and entertainment. Next to Preston Prison and in the street named after the highest family of the north west.

Museum of Lancashire, Stanley Street, Preston

Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston

An interesting display of military history and awards housed in the best preserved Chartist Barracks in Britain.

Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston

 

Join Preston Historical Society

Preston has an active and popular historical society who meet at the Minster. Find a link to their website on our links page. Excellent logo don't you think?

Preston Historical Society

 

Alston Hall Courses

Friendly Alston Hall just east of Preston and set in the beautiful and tranquil Ribble Valley has a programme of courses throughout the year. Art, Craft, Music, Humanities and more for beginners to the accomplished. Their 2014 Spring / Summer catalogue has just been issued. Their website is on our links page or you can ring them on 01772 784661.

Alston Hall programme Spring Summer 2014

 

 

Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust

Recently ran a free service between the 4 museums in Preston. Ribble Motors once the largest bus company in the northwest and based in Frenchwood, Preston.

Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust

 

Some New Pages below, not in date order:

Visit to Lancashire Cheesemakers Dewlay on the blog 25th Oct.

Visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum 7th Dec.

Visit to St Helens, North West Museum of Road Transport 27th Oct, some Preston exhibits.

Diary of things we like in and around Preston 2014


Preston based ticket agency has great year end - Skiddle.com

We don't advertise on here but Skiddle is a Preston business employing 18, with a national reach and an easy to use website showing events all over the UK. 'Weekends Matter'.

The owner says a ticket agency can market an event to a much wider audience than the average promoter. They're high on their end of 2013 figures!

Skiddle.com 'weekends matter' tickets

 

Join the Friends of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery

The latest exhibition at the Harris gives a glimpse behind the scenes in the textile collection. 1000's of samples, dresses, shoes from very old to modern. How are they preserved? A well presented display highlighting the use of this excellent resource at the Harris by institutions of learning from all over the world. Link to the website on our Links page.

Behind the Scenes at the Harris

Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here. Updated Jan 2014.

Deepdale, home of Preston North End. Nice ground next to a park, and close to Deepdale retail centre.

Deepdale, home of Preston North End

 


 

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Our Two Blogs

Made In Preston - the blog writing about Preston twice a month or so.

 

The North Westerly writing about anything once a month or so.

 

See our pages of touring out of Preston to transport related museums and other wonders, many containing Made in Preston objects.

 

www.madeinpreston.co.uk - website since 2002.

 

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