Category Archives: History

History of the area around Preston.

Fulwood Barracks to be closed

Grade 2 listed Fulwood Barracks, one of the few intact from its time, is to be closed as a barracks.   This follows a property revue by the Ministry of Defence who are to close several other older and smaller … Continue reading

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Victorian Slum

In October on BBC2 a four part re-enactment of life in an East London Victorian Slum through 1860 to 1890.  Hard to believe this was only 120 years ago.  Living hand-to-mouth with no income for no work and no health provision. … Continue reading

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Museum of Lancashire On Ice

The Museum of Lancashire in Stanley Street closes on the 30th September except for school visits.  Negotiations are underway with a group who could re-open it in the new year. Other Lancashire County Council operated museums in a similar situation … Continue reading

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Winckley Square Restoration Visit

Winckley Square is being restored and work is well underway.  Paths are being resurfaced and a direction marker will be placed in the centre pointing to items of historical interest around the square.  The Peel statue will be cleaned and … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Days in Preston 2016 – 8 places

In 2016 Heritage Open Days are Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.   Here is the list of Preston venues: Lancashire Conservation Studios,  Saturday 10th September, Tours 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. Harris Museum & Art Gallery,  Saturday 10th September, 10am to 5pm. … Continue reading

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Lancashire Archives funding campaign for Horrocks Collection

John Horrocks – A Textile Pioneer The Lancashire Archives are held in Bow Lane Preston and contain an extensive collection of textile information reflecting Lancashire’s position as the centre of the world’s textile industry in the 19th and early 20th … Continue reading

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Progress on re-imagining the Harris

The re-imagining of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery is underway and a survey has been issued to enable people to provide their opinion. Click here to read more about the survey and respond. The vision is to make the … Continue reading

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Battle of Preston 1715 Commemoration

Preston Historical Society along with the Harris Museum, UCLan and Lancashire Archives are putting on a series of events related to the Battle of Preston, the last battle on English soil.  Also an excellent series of articles in Blog Preston … Continue reading

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Denis Healey RIP and his Preston Effect

Denis Healey, a forceful Londoner brought up as a Yorkshireman, died this weekend at the grand age of 98.  After impressive war service, gaining an MBE in 1945, he joined the Labour Party becoming an MP in 1952.  He was … Continue reading

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Heritage lost for a pittance – CCK1

Disappointing that Preston Council is selling an element of its inheritance for a pittance. The old registration suffix numbers CK and RN are part of the symbols of Preston.  For a few pounds the council is going to sell car … Continue reading

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Local interest in ‘The White Queen’ on BBC

The BBC historical dramatisation ‘The White Queen’ based on a book written by Philippa Gregory, seeks to give a female perspective to history in the 15th Century by portraying events from the Queen’s view.  The three ladies most in the … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station ‘demolish in principle’

Yesterday, 17th Dec, Preston council cabinet sat and voted to demolish the Market Hall, Market Car Park and Lancastria House.  The bus station vote was that it should be demolished in principle but a number of alternatives will be looked … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station to be destroyed by lack of vision

Preston Bus Station destroyed by vandals might be a bit hard.  Yet Preston Council have neglected the building and then announced that it will cost too much to refurbish. Even though it is one of Preston’s main features. Quoting huge … Continue reading

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Preston Guild 2012 – that was the fabulous week that was

Not a lot to say about Preston Guild 2012 –  just brilliant.  The processions, ceremonies, shows, events, displays and the crowds were the cake and the cream.   The small touches like the Temperance Display and the P3 20 added … Continue reading

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Preston Guild 2012 – I was there – Saturday 1st September 2012

Preston Guild is once every 20 years so we weren’t going to miss this one.  We loved the Royal Jubilee, the Olympic Games and we were sure we’d enjoy Preston Guild. It seemed everyone was in a great mood, the … Continue reading

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One Week to Preston Guild 2012: Our Plan

Wake me up on Friday in time for Preston Guild.  There are some great things being planned, but here is our plan. Saturday 1st September will be our main day. Will be fighting the crowds flooding in for the Final … Continue reading

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Preston Guild 2012 turns up the heat

Preston comes together as events are announced for the 2012 Guild.  Here are four unmissables: The new multi-million pound ‘Discover Preston’ display in the Harris Museum, opened on 28th July, is something I’ve been burning to see.  On Friday 17th … Continue reading

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Heroes of Salamanca

July 22nd, 1812. Salamanca, Spain.  Wellington’s troops defeat Napoleon’s in the first major victory of the Peninsular War that demonstrated the prowess of the Duke of Wellington, then an Earl. To mark this victory the Rifles were given the freedom of … Continue reading

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Preston Guild – Honorary Burgesses Named

To be a burgess at Preston Guild is quite an honour. Putting yourself into a line that goes back centuries.  It is a hereditary role so new ones are joined at the Guild Ceremony by existing burgesses and those who … Continue reading

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Preston’s Old Buildings Departing

This week Preston Council granted planning permission for houses to be built on the land now occupied by the Park School on Moor Park. This school educated generations of Preston females who passed their 11+ exam, including my mother and … Continue reading

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