Meet David Hindle who wil be signing copies of his latest book
David’s new book, Victorian Preston and the Whittingham Hospital Railway, known as the ‘nurses special’, explores not only the old Victorian Preston of Dickens ‘Hard Times’ but connects it with the private railway that serviced the new Whittingham asylum.
The railway was constructed between 1887 and 1889 as a mineral line to convey coal and provisions to the new Whittingham Hospital, linking the hospital with the joint London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire’s Preston to Longridge branch line at Grimsargh. Passengers soon followed and private stations were built at either end of the almost two-mile long (8,560 feet), standard gauge line at Whittingham and Grimsargh. This book is an altogether fascinating insight into the social history of Preston linked with a Victorian anachronism, ‘The Whittingham Hospital Railway.’
David Hindle, author and historian, is a retired police officer from Grimsargh and author of the delightful and informative book “All Stations to Longridge”.
David will be at the Tourist Information Centre, Preston 19 October from 10:30am. The book is priced at £15.99