Author Archives: Pete of MIP

A walk in Preston 21st October 2023

A walk in Preston on the 21st October 2023.  The photos needs the date changing. From Miller Park, onto the parade off Bushell Place (Preston is my Paris), Ribblesdale Place,  a Mural, Miller Arcade, The Harris building, The Cenotaph,  The … Continue reading

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Avenham Park in June 2023

A short summer walk in Avenham Park, Preston.  

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Preston to Leyland and back by bus and train 11th May 2023

Another  walk from near Preston Docks to the Bus Station for  a bus to Leyland taking  about 45 minutes.   A walk to the  British Commercial Vehicle Museum taking about 5 minutes.  A quick trip round followed by a 10 minute … Continue reading

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A Walk in Preston 27th April 2023

Another walk, this time from a garage at the far end of Preston Docks into the City Centre, about 3 miles each way, more than you’d think.   Walking along Chain Caul Way, turning right into Lockside Road to the outer … Continue reading

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The Mayor of Preston Visits The Ribble Steam Railway 25th March 2023

On Saturday 25th March 2023 the Mayor of Preston, Councillor Neil Darby visited the Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks.   Furness Railway Trust Loco No 20 was operating.   A triumphant piece of work by the Trust to restore a fine … Continue reading

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A walk in Preston Centre 21st March 2023

Another walk in the centre of Preston. A photo of the The Old Bull on Church Street.   It was once Preston’s top inn and called the Bull & Royal.  There is a well known painting in the Harris Museum & … Continue reading

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A Walk in Preston Centre 10th March 2023

Another walk in Preston.  It was a lovely day and I’d bought a new camera at Wilkinson’s Cameras in St George’s Mall, Preston.   A pocket camera with a small sensor but a big optical zoom. Here we are under a … Continue reading

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A walk in Preston Centre and Beatrice Todd on International Women’s Day 8th March 2023

Another walk around Preston.  This time it’s on International Women’s Day 8th March 2023.  It added some flavour when we reached Winckley Square as there had been a Blue Plaque mounted for Beatrice Todd, Suffragist.  On the square was a … Continue reading

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Deepdale Retail Centre and Preston Football Ground walk – 11th February 2023

Deepdale Retail Centre near the football ground and within reach of three motorway junctions.  Easy to park, although it does get busy on the road outside, and we haven’t been at weekend. M&S, Boots, Next, Game, JD, TUi, Craft Shop, … Continue reading

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Well known Preston historian dies

The death has been announced of Stephen Sartin who is well known in Preston heritage circles for his talks and books and worked at the Harris for many years.   Born in 1938 There are tributes in Blog Preston, and the … Continue reading

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Preston Centre walk 31st January 2023

A windy wintery day.  The Harris Museum parcelled for refurbishment viewed from Lancaster Road.  How bright will it look when all is revealed in 2024. Preston Market, half outdoor, half indoor.  The old Victorian Covered Market with another just across … Continue reading

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A few photos of Preston 9th January 2023

A short walk in Preston with a few photos on the 9th January 2023. A view from the train of part of the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan.   Ever growing and now a major, perhaps the major, part of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Types and Shadows – A history of Preston City Parish

Although published in 2015, we only recently stumbled upon this book in Preston Libary.   The library is now in the Guild Hall unfortunately while the Harris is refurbished, what a shame about the Guild Hall as well, but that’s another … Continue reading

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A few photos from a walk in Preston 1st November 2022

Walking from the south east corner of the open Fishergate Centre car park you go out onto the street and turn right past a small car park and carry on to Milller Park.  The view is below: There are some … Continue reading

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Harris Museum and Art Gallery Jigsaw 2022

In 2022 a new jigsaw of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery is available to buy at the Library.  Note that while the Harris building is being upgraded the Library is in the Guild Hall. The jigsaw is a 360 … Continue reading

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Covid 19 data in Preston March 15th 2021

Preston appeared to have less Covid 19 than similar places in northwest England but in late February the slow decline left Preston in the top ten case areas in England and on some measures, it is said, at the top. … Continue reading

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British Commercial Vehicle Museum re-opens after Covid Closure

On Saturday 18th July 2020 the British Commercial Vehicle Museum (BCVM) in Leyland re-opened after its Covid-19 Closure. We visited just a few days later.  The first museum visit for several months.   Things have been adjusted to protect everyone. On … Continue reading

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Harris Your Place – Plan up for Review

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library is proposing a major facelift.   So far £3.7 million is in place and support and development funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.  The next stage is a £4.5 million … Continue reading

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Work Starts on new Western Distributor Road

Work is underway on the M55 to create a new junction for the Preston Western Distributor also at the A583 intersection.  This new road will link Preston and the southern Fylde: Freckleton, Warton, Lytham St Annes, to the M55 early … Continue reading

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The Harris Open Art Exhibition 2019

Between 14th December 2019 and into the new decade 26th January 2020 is the Open Art Exhibition at the Harris in Preston city centre for artists living in the PR post code. Three big rooms of local art.  Not to … Continue reading

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