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Preston now and then: View from the Harris Museum roof

Posted on - 23rd November, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Friargate, History, Nostalgia, Photos, Preston City Centre
View down Friargate from the Harris Museum in 1934

View down Friargate from the Harris Museum in 1934

It’s a striking contrast, the difference in Preston’s skyline from 1934 to the present day.

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Flickr photographer scrappyNW was given permission to get onto the roof of the Harris to reshoot this 1934 photo against the modern-day backdrop.

Chimneys poke out above the smog in 1930s Preston and the tram was still running down Friargate at that point.

View from the roof of the Harris Museum looking down Friargate in 2013

View from the roof of the Harris Museum looking down Friargate in 2013

It illustrates how Preston’s industry has faded, to be replaced by a sea of university building running up beyond Friargate.

The constants seem to be the Cenotaph and the spire of St Walburge’s Church.

If you want to see more images of Preston now and then, take a look at Bernie Blackburn’s photo set

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