Category Archives: Made in Preston

Main theme and general stuff about Preston.

Electrification Upgrade of Rail between Preston and Manchester 2017 to May 2018

As stated on Network Rail website: Work has been undertaken on the route to assess bridges and tunnels to ensure that there is sufficient clearance for overhead power cables to be installed. To date, we have rebuilt an aqueduct, 15 road bridges, … Continue reading

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Preston to Blackpool Rail Closure 11 Nov 2017 to 25 Mar 2018

  As written on the Network Rail and Northern Rail websites: Better rail journeys across the north of England are coming – we’re upgrading this key route, paving the way for more reliable journeys with more space for passengers Changes … Continue reading

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Redundancies at BAE Systems

It was announced that 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury sites of BAE Systems in Lancashire.   Work on Typhoon and Hawk is decreasing.   Contracts with Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to be discussed. 400 jobs will also … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway trains at Easter

Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks will be running steam-diesel trains on Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 11am.  Trains every 45 minutes or thereabouts. Museum and Workshop, Shop and Cafe to enjoy as well.

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Preston’s Building Year

2016 has been quite a year for the centre of Preston.  The biggest thing to be noticed is that Fishergate looks a lot more attractive.  As a pedestrian it’s now a pleasing place to be. Winckley Square has been re-modelled … Continue reading

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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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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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Winckley Square, Covered Market and Harris Museum

Several interesting projects are moving ahead in Preston as reported only 2 months ago and now we have 3 more with progress to report. Work has started to restore Winckley Square which will have as its main feature a lit walkway … 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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June is bustin’ out with Preston Building Proposals

June brought us four interesting proposals for existing major buildings in Preston. First we had a proposal to turn the historic Corn Exchange into a swish VIP bar and nightclub. Next came a plan for the iconic Park Hotel building overlooking … 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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Preston Bus Station Design Changes

It was announced that the proposed Youth Zone building was too close to the listed bus station building (something we commented on in our first post on the subject).  The building has been moved to retain the integrity of the … Continue reading

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Changes on Fishergate and Winckley Square

The new road layout on Fishergate is looking good.  Friendly to pedestrians which is what city centres should be about.   But it is more pleasant for walkers overall. Work in Winckley Square has been started. It will restore the garden look … 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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New Roads, New Houses in and around Preston

As part of the City Deal, Preston will get new homes in the centre at Avenham and Winckley Square, plus new homes at the north west corner. New roads including a Broughton by-pass and western link road from the M55 … Continue reading

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Lancashire County Council budget cuts

Lancashire County Council put a number of proposals forward to reduce their expenditure to meet the allocated budget from the government. Some headlines are the closure of the Museum of Lancashire on Stanley Street, plus several other museums including Helmshore … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway announces its Santa Specials

Santa will be riding on the Ribble Steam Railway Santa Specials in Preston on Saturdays and Sundays and one Monday in December 2015. Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th December 2015 Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th  December 2015 Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Monday … 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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J.Fishwick & Sons of Leyland cease trading

Disappointing news that J.Fishwick of Leyland will cease trading after 108 years.  The last bus service was on Saturday 24th October 2015.  An announcement on their website said that anyone who had paid a deposit on a holiday would be … 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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