Made in Preston, the website about Preston, Lancashire

Made in Preston and the surrounding area - website established 2002

Read about Preston and its surrounding area on this website. Things to do, things to see and things to note:


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 Panavia Tornado. Also at Leyland Trucks they still produce thousands of trucks.

Made in Preston, aircraft, trucks, buses, train locos, trams

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

Companies such as Horrocks, Dick Kerr(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 started in Preston such as 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.


The Best Built View of Preston

In July 2016 Preston Cenotaph was upgraded to Grade 1 Listed. This is the highest level and is awarded by the Secretary of State for buildings of exceptional interest. Also on the photo is the Grade 1 Listed Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and the Town Hall.

The heart of Preston: The Cenotaphm, Flag Market, Town Hall, Harris Museum


Fishergate and Church Street, Preston

Church Street Preston October 2017

Links to More Pages:

Diary 2018 Outline of PrestonPreston GuildHarris Museum PNE


Leyland MotorsRibble Motor ServicesPreston Docks


English Electric TramsDeltic PrototypeEnglish Electric Aviation


Eurofighter Typhoon English Electric Canberra


Places under 1hr from PrestonOther PlacesLinks


Preston Magazine to 2015Lostock Hall Magazine to 2015


The newest pages:

Made in Preston - The Blog - occasional ramblings about Preston, updated Jan 18

Preston Street Style and Streets of Preston at the Harris Oct 17

Lytham 1940s Weekend

Morecambe Bus Running Day 28th May 2017

Leyland Spring Transport Show May 2017

Astley Hall May 2017

Updated list of Preston history books. Mar 2017

RAAF Museum, Point Cook Feb 2017

Keighley & Worth Railway and Keighley Bus Museum update

Great Central Railway, Sept 2016

Blackpool Air Show, Aug 2016

Heritage Open Days Venues in Preston added July 2016

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, July 2016

Slaidburn with the Friends of Lancashire Archives July 2016

Leyland Society and Leyland Trucks 120th Event 3rd July 2016


Diary of things and places we like in and around Preston 2018

Our other blog is becoming our log of things in the North West:

The North Westerly Blog - infrequent ramblings in general.


Places to visit or see in Preston.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery,

Lancashire Infantry Museum,

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum,

Avenham and Miller Parks,

Victorian Covered Market,

Preston Bus Station,

Preston Dock,

Guild Wheel,

St Walburge's Church,

St John's Church,

Central Methodist Church
Lancashire Records Office.

Places Nearby:

British Commercial Vehicle Museum,

Brockholes Nature Reserve,

Samlesbury Hall,

Hoghton Tower

Astley Hall

Martin Mere Nature Reserve,




Barton Grange Garden Centre

Rufford Hall NT

Just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Preston are lovely views and in 1648 Cromwell fought the Duke of Hamilton a bit further along the river:

River Ribble at Preston

Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here.



A page of things that were big enough to be on the home page. - website since 2002.

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Disclaimer and Acknowledgements

We also have a Flickr account. We're not to be associated with anything else calling itself Made in Preston. This is 2002 vintage.

If only there was time to do all planned for this website. But we plod on multi-tasking with other websites and social media by the same author. Hope you like it.

21-Jan-2018 Contact the site author