Made in Preston, the website about Preston, Lancashire

Made in Preston and the surrounding area. - 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.

The latest LF Truck from Leyland Trucks:

The latest LF Truck from 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.

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.

In the 2012 Preston Guild, the Trade Procession showcased modern manufacturers. These included BAE Systems, Leyland Trucks, Plumbs furniture covers, Sika Liquid Plastics, Incoraz chemicals.

Discover Preston in the Harris Museum:

Discover Preston in the Harris Museum

Heritage Open Days in Preston 13th / 14th Sept 2014

Another fine day, visited The Dock Control Room, Lancashire Records Office, the tiled room on the corner of Lune Street on Saturday and the Museum Conservation Studio on Sunday.

The Dock Control Room included a talk which was interesting about the Dock and the channel to the sea. The Ribble Steam Railway needs the road closing whenever it crosses the swing bridge and there are 3 access points with arms that need lowering.

Ribble Steam Railway Preston Docks 13th Sept 2014

Preston Dock Control Room open on Heritage Open Days 2014

We walked into the centre of Preston via Bow Lane and the Lancashire Records Office, and visited the building on the corner of Lune Street that has kept its old interior. Then walked to the Flag Market.

Preston Council Parks department win gold at RHS Tatton 2014. Read more in parks. Nick Park was born near Preston so Wallace is the theme.

Preston win Gold at RHS Tatton 2014

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

Another ticket found tucked into an old book in November 2014. We sat quite close but didn't realise how close at the Beatles concert in Preston 1963.

Beatles ticket from 1963


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.

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'. Note June 28th 2015 The Leyland Gathering at Leyland featuring the Leyland Eight.

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'.

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. See our webpage.

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. This shows a Spring / Summer catalogue, the new 2015 one is now out. Read more on our page and link to latest programme click here.

Alston Hall programme Spring Summer 2014

Samlesbury Hall

On the A59 east of the M6 Junction 31. 3 miles east of Preston. Interesting building with decent cafe.

Samlesbury Hall

Brockholes Wildlife Trust Reserve

Next to the M6 at Junction 31 on the boundary of Preston. Taking a slip road from the junction roundabout that leads over the river. East of the motorway and north of the A59. Built in 2011, a floating Visitor Centre with cafe.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

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


Diary of things we like in and around Preston 2015

Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here.

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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