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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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Transport Improvements all around Preston

Trams, trains, roads are in the news. Trampower, the company who have been promoting a light rail system in Preston, are pushing to be allowed to run a one mile test track in Deepdale. This will use the old Longridge … 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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PNE 9th in the Championship

Friday 26th February 2016 Preston North End are 9th in the Championship.  Don’t sound so surprised they said, let’s make the most of it and hope it gets even better.

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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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Christmas Holiday Rain Brings Floods on the Ribble

The River Ribble broke its banks twice over the holidays reaching its highest ever level at Walton Le Dale. The Environment Agency records that 40 significant events have been recorded since 1600. The most significant was in 1866 when flooding … Continue reading

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What’s my train franchise, announcement for North of England

The new rail franchises for the north of England effecting most Preston services, except Virgin, were announced this week and beginning 1st April 2016 the train operators will be: Arriva / Rail North to operate the Northern Rail Services until … Continue reading

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Devolution of Lancashire

The councils of Lancashire are considering the benefits of combining under a single authority to obtain new powers devolved from central government.  This has been done in Greater Manchester who have agreed to have an elected Mayor.  Other cities and areas … 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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Re-imagining the Harris Museum

Jon Finch has been given the big role of re-imagining the Harris as a tourist and cultural destination for the region. The Harris is a Grade 1 listed building containing a huge collection of items and has always been a, … Continue reading

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Fishergate Centre Improvement

The fairly new mall next to Preston Railway Station is to be given a facelift subject to Council approval.  The £25m development will include a Vue Cinema, new restaurant area and better links into the car park. It’s an interesting … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station Winning Design

Preston Bus Station’s winning design.  Not the one we’d have preferred as it looks a bit conventional and lacking impact.  Also it sits too close to the Bus Station.  A Grade 2 building is meant to be protected. One of … Continue reading

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Preston Guild Wheel

We thought we’d do a bit of walking on the 21 miles long Preston Guild Wheel circular trail.    To date the only section we’ve walked is from Avenham Park to the Docks or vice versa. Although it’s not exactly … Continue reading

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UCLan – how things change

In February UCLan unveiled ambitious plans to better integrate the university into Preston City Centre getting rid of the roundabout at Adelphi.  The plans have wide local political support and will start with the new Engineering Block next year. Having … Continue reading

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