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History of the area around Preston.

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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Alston Hall 2010 course programme issued

For those with an interest in the area the new course programme has been issued by Alston Hall, the day and residential college for adult learning near Longridge. Local historian Stephen Sartin will be speaking about the history of Preston to … Continue reading

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Harris Museum gets £1.1m from lottery

The Harris Museum is to spend £1.5m on rejuvenating displays, in particular the history of Preston room.  This room has had a tired look for many years and got a bit of a filip when the recent Industrial Revolutionaries display … Continue reading

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Industrial Revolutionaries in Preston

The Industrial Revolutionaries is a display at the Harris Museum in Preston.  The revolutionaries are the people who made an impact in Preston and include cotton magnates and reformers, mill workers and inventors.  The display was funded by a number of … Continue reading

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Sunday morning cruising in Preston

This morning, Sunday, was warm and bright and it was necessary to drive across Preston quite early. Just the day to take a leisurely detour. It’s times like this when Preston looks very pleasing, so much greenery, several old buildings and generally looking in decent … Continue reading

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Preston Maps at Alston Hall

Yesterday I attended a 4 hour talk at Alston Hall by Stephen Sartin, one of Prestons most knowledgeable local historians as well as art expert. The subject was ‘Preston through its maps’.  The subject of Preston and of maps creates double appeal to … Continue reading

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Miller Arcade. Where is it going?

The LEP reports that the sale of Miller Arcade has fallen through. The building is looking in good condition and quite welcoming although it doesn’t have many shops in it and seems a bit isolated.   It’s on the corner of the shopping area … Continue reading

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National Trust not near here

The National Trust list of properties doesn’t have much in this area. Rufford Hall and Formby are the two most local sites.  Gawthorpe Hall is in East Lancashire.  Then you head into Cheshire or Cumbria for the next ones. Across England; Lincolnshire … Continue reading

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Winckley Square as it was

A couple of thousand are said to have completed cards objecting to the plans for Winckley Square.  As I wasn’t aware of what the objectors are voting for, except a vague statement that the square should be restored to its previous appearance … Continue reading

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Harris Institute, Avenham, bought

It is reported that the Harris Institute  at Avenham has been bought by Yousuf Bhailok, a local businessman, for just under £300,000.  Mr Bhailok also bought Harris Park in Fulwood and has been involved in the campaign to keep the football museum … Continue reading

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History of Preston

Went to Alston Hall near Longridge today to listen to Stephen Sartin speak about the history of Preston through its Guild Merchant. Stephen Sartin being one of the current  leading historians about Preston although he currently seems more involved in … Continue reading

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Building on the flood plain

More shops are announced for the Capital Centre in Walton Le Dale. Quite a good spot,  just over the boundary from Preston.  It is on the flood plain of the river though. I don’t recall when Walton was last flooded … Continue reading

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Preston Vision

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Fragile Heritage

Yesterday I went to a talk at Alston Hall by Stephen Sartin on the subject of Characters of Preston. It made me think about the fragility of our heritage.  It’s easy to knock stuff down but it can never be put … Continue reading

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