Queens Hotel and Queens Buildings, Fishergate, Preston 1983: Just look at that line-up of shops! all swept away now, including the Queens Hotel for the present day Fishergate Centre. Fisher’s the Furriers used to give me the creeps on passing it, with all the heads of animals displayed in the window …really scary that was! The only remaining building today is the Station Hotel on the far right of the photo.
The 1980’s, a time when Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder were very happy ‘Together In Electric Dreams’; It was ‘True’ that New Romantics like Spandau Ballet had nothing but ‘Gold’ on their minds; It would be fair to say that considering the recent eclipse The Waterboys were looking for the ‘Whole of the Moon’ and Kate Bush was ‘Running up that Hill’ but I don’t think it was Fishergate.
It’s quite disturbing when you look at your CD collection and see a NOW 9 compilation from 1987 and then realise that there is an imminent release of NOW 90! ~ You look back to the 80’s with great affection and recall with pride and admiration, your purchase of a Commodore 64 ‘Super Computer’ with it’s 64Kb of memory and it’s high speed data tape drive. ~ Girls, come on, admit it, you loved those rara skirts, neon-coloured, pastel and stripy legwarmers that were scrunched up and worn over leggings and the over-sized, grey sweatshirt with a large neck opening. Yes there’s no doubt about it, the 80’s was a ‘time that fashion forgot’ … or was it?
This week’s photos are an absolute mix of all parts of Preston from the 80’s decade, some you may recall and others, probably not. Either way, they are all from that time; some scenes have changed and others beyond all recognition. See what you can spot and what you would love to be here today for your own personal reasons.
Corner of Fishergate and Glovers Court, Preston 1985: Barratts and Freeman Hardy Willis, two of my favourite shoe shops in the 80’s, miss them both, and all the others which have disappeared from sight. Stones, the shop on the corner of Glovers Court and Fishergate has been the host to many businesses since it was built in 1914. The first being Nottingham House which was a high class ladies outfitters store. They sold handbags, scarves and accessories on the first floor with gowns and wedding dresses on the second floor. The third floor was a sewing room where they made their own gowns. Interestingly enough, before this building was constructed this was the site of Preston’s very first telephonic exchange and a chemist.
Methodist Church, Fylde Road, Preston 1987: I can hardly recall this building, it’s one that escapes my memory. Anyone?
View From Preston Dock Control Centre, Preston 1987: Wow! Now that’s a scene that’s changed completely since then, apart from the swing bridge that is.
Former Lido Cinema, Marsh Lane, Preston 1989: This little place has had three different names over time. It was originally known as ‘The Grand’ in 1921, then renamed ‘The Regal’ in the 1930’s and finally called ‘The Lido’ in the 1950’s. In the cinema’s final years before it closed completely in 1959, continental films, X rated naughty ones were shown there.
Lancaster Road, Preston 1988: This is one scene that has not really changed much over the years other than the shops have new proprietors or are completely empty! My favorite was Val Murray’s and the other half’s was Electra Centre.
Public Hall Interior of Main Hall, Lune Street, 1983: It’s another Wow moment. My only regret is that I never went in this beautiful place but I have talked with many people who have and all say that it should have never been torn down. From what I can see here, I would have to agree that it seems a great pity to have lost such a wonderful and regal building.
John Forsyth Jewellers, Fishergate (Queens Buildings south side), Preston 1985: Another shop I don’t really remember at all but I’m sure that there will be those who do and will be sure to let me know. Anyone any memories of this place? Engagement or wedding rings, or even an eternity ring or maybe a lovely timepiece? Please, do let me know.
Corner of Chapel Walks, Fishergate, Preston 1987: Although the shop doesn’t look too striking, in my opinion, it’s still better than the VirginMedia shop there today. Any of you girls ever shop there?
National Westminster Bank, Church Street – Guys Row, Preston 1985: I used to pass this one on the bus regularly but never really noticed it that much. Anyone use the former bank or even ‘The Lunch Box’?
Alan Joyce Hair Design, Glovers Court (west side), Preston 1985: Now this place I know really well. Used to go in there on Saturday mornings with my nana, even helped out at times (sweeping that is).
Black-A-Moor-Head Hotel, Lancaster Road and Old Vicarage, Preston 1985: I have to say that this pub looks quite smart in this photo; it has changed somewhat since then!
Norweb Electricity Showrooms, Friargate, Preston 1984: For some reason unknown to me now, I used to love going in the Electricity Showrooms on Friargate. I seem to remember there being an assortment of fabulous electrical goods in there; hairdryers, curlers and much more.
Fishergate – Charnley Street, Preston 1986: Drawing a blank on the sandwich place on the corner I’m afraid. Anyone?
Presbyterian School, Moor Lane, Preston 1987: Although I never ventured much along Moor Lane, I actually do remember this place. All gone now though as it was all swept away to build, dare I say it? …..Student accommodation, which I’m sure was necessary really.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back twenty-five to thirty years ago and will look forward to another helping of 80’s heaven next week. Don’t forget to share your reminiscences and thoughts on any of the pictures, after all, this is what this series is all about.