Made in Preston and the surrounding area, the engineers story.
www.madeinpreston.co.uk - website established 2002
Read about Preston and its surrounding area on this website.
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.
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.
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.
Obituary on the BBC : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26200831
Our funeral report - click here
New Rail Service at Preston December 2013
First Trans-Pennine Express started a new service using electric trains between Scotland and Manchester, through Preston, via Wigan from the 30th December 2013.
These trains are class 350 operated around London on shorter routes. New electrification of the Manchester to Wigan line means these can replace most of the diesel service to Scotland that currently operates via Bolton and Chorley to Manchester. This also releases extra trainsets to increase train length on other services such as Blackpool - Manchester Airport. The company says the new timetable in May 2014 will have a significant increase in capacity.
Here is a company video of a promotion journey of the first delivered trainset on a journey between Preston and Manchester on 12th December. Released on 23rd December 2013 containing shots taken at Preston station.
To electrify the route between Manchester, Bolton, Preston and Blackpool is around 4 years for the 50miles. Complete: December 2016.
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 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.
Things to do:
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'.
A stunning collection of vehicles and a massive archive. Become a 'friend'.
Preston's pride. A Grade 1 listed building housing excellent museum collections and art all displayed to a very high standard. Become a 'friend'.
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.
An interesting display of military history and awards housed in the best preserved Chartist Barracks in Britain.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sometimes things appeal to your sense of humour. So well done to:
of Preston Indoor Market. Note this is shown only because it's amusing. There is nothing on this website that is paid for.
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.