Preston in the Picture: Miller Arcade
Miller Arcade is an architectural gem in the centre of Preston. The building was constructed in 1899 and it is modelled on the larger Burlington Arcade in London.
When it was built it became Preston’s first indoor shopping centre but with one attraction that would seem a little bit odd by today’s standards. Miller Arcade housed a Turkish Baths from 1901 until 1947. Now there’s a novel business idea, you do your shopping and then enjoy a steam bath followed by a massage. It’s only a matter of time before the idea makes a comeback!
The arcade was refurbished in the 1970s and is now a Grade 1 listed building, which means it is a building of exceptional interest. It’s a shame that so many people now just pass by on their way to the better populated and more modern shopping centres. Next time you are in Preston why not take a look at this fantastic building.
Nikon D700, 16-35mm f4VR ISO800 1/40 sec F8
Paul Melling [Paul Melling Photography]
- 19th, February 2012
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