Made in Preston and the surrounding area, the engineers story.
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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. They were there again Easter 2014 when the theme was '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.
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.
Preston Council Parks department win gold at RHS Tatton 2014. Read more in parks
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.
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 Cenotaph cleaned and smartened for 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, 4th August 1914.
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. This shows their 2014 Spring / Summer catalogue, the autumn / winter one is around. 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. Although I discovered this bus isn't one of theirs, but it's a Ribble.
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 April 2014.
Deepdale, home of Preston North End. Nice ground next to a park, and close to Deepdale retail centre.
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.