Shops on Friargate, Preston May 1988: This is a very interesting picture. I wonder if anyone will recall what the previous business was before the ‘Famous Seconds’ moved into the premises and what was the business to the right of this store? All completely swept away now of course.
Great times, bad times or whatever, the 80’s was certainly a memorable time. When you heard the Communards singing ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, it was how you felt on a Saturday night when you had missed your last bus. Boris Gardiner was singing ‘I Want To Wake Up With You’ but that was the last thought you had on your mind when some troll or other was following you around the nightclub dance floor. Berlin’s song ‘Take My Breath Away’ certainly came to mind when you left the nightclub at 2 am only to be thrust out into the freezing cold on a winter’s night either in a skimpy outfit or shirt sleeves …I think we’ve all experienced that one. Even at that though, you still carried on ‘Dancing In The Street’, just like David Bowie and Mick Jagger.
There were certainly some weird and wonderful television programmes being broadcast in the 80’s. There were so many cartoons on TV then but I must confess that my favourite one was ‘Count Duckula’, what was yours? ~ Who watched Channel 4’s ‘The Tube’? I could never make anything of that one could you? BBC’s ‘Angels’ was shown until 1983 when they abruptly axed the programme; pity really, but it did lead to Casualty and Holby City I suppose. ~ There were many sitcom’s on TV in the 80’s, not to mention long running series like ‘Hi-de-Hi’ …did I say not to mention ‘Hi-de-Hi’? ~ Who can forget the mind numbing ‘Blankety Blank’? Well, truth is, we would probably all prefer to …or would we?
Fox Street looking on to Fleet Street, Preston July 1989: How different this scene looks nowadays and yet to me, it doesn’t feel like 25 years or so since this view looked like it does in this scene.
Shops on Fishergate (north side), Preston July 1989: All apart from the long existing family run Novello’s shop, are completely different businesses now along this line-up of shop premises. St George’s Centre facade was certainly more prominent at that time; I quite liked it really and it appeared to be very patriotic then.
Stoneygate, Preston March 1988: Most of the buildings in this picture have long gone and the building on the far left is the exact site of the ‘Cockpit’, a place where, town businessman Joseph Livesey, used to gather with other like minded people and speak of the evils of alcohol. This was where the Temperance movement began with folks becoming Teetotal
Confectioners shop, Avenham Lane, Preston September 1988: This quaint little shop looks nothing like this today; in fact, the whole facade has changed entirely and is now residential as it was originally when built. Those little windows used to utterly fascinate me as they were so unlike anything else in the Avenham area. Anyone remember this shop?
Demolition of Moorbrook Mill, Moorbrook Street, Preston March 1989: Today, this is the site on which the Wickes DIY store stands. The mill was so called due to the name of the brook which runs under this land; the Moor Brook. It must have been a steep drop from those houses along Aqueduct Street along side the mill.
Shops on Church Street (south side), Preston December 1989: The Gas premises is on the corner of Main Sprit Weind and today is a beauty shop but Dixie Fried Chicken remains as a fastfood store.
Corn Exchange and Public Hall from Ringway, Preston 1983: What a great view of the former old Public Hall. Seems strange now to see Ringway veering in from the right along what was then Wharf Street. Who recalls Queensway on the right of the picture? Now a Wetherspoons of course.
Unicorn Hotel, North Road, Preston 1986: This grand old pub has been there for many years and is a grade II listed building. At one time, where this pub stands was an earlier hostelry known as the Cattle Market Inn; so called as to the cattle market at the side of the premises on the corner of North Road and St George’s Road, where English Martyrs school once stood. in the mid 19th Century, at the rear of the Inn, where the B&Q car park now exists, there were two terraced streets running parallel to North Road, Richard Street and Fairclough Street. These two street remained until the 1960’s, when they were swept away for redevelopment of the land.
Ormskirk Road and Ringway from Bus Station Car Park, Preston December 1987: At first glance it’s not obvious how this scene has changed; however, when you look more carefully, you can see that the Saul Street Baths building is still in existence at this point in time before it was swept away for the new Law Courts building.
Atkinsons Bedding Shop, Church Street (south side), Preston 1988: I must say that this view of the former Atkinson’s shop is quite clean and smart compared to what you can see today. It just goes to show what a ‘lick’ of pain can do.
Sheraton House, Ormskirk Road, Preston 1989: The home of the former Co-operative store. This is such a lovely building and I sincerely hope it doesn’t fall into the state of disrepair some places have. Anyone recall shopping there when it was a Co-op general store?
Former Starkies Wire Works, Cotton Court off Church Street, Preston 1983: One of those very old streets of Preston which has a fair history. The large building in the background was originally the premises of the Church Street Cotton Mill and then later occupied by James Starkie to expand his wire works business. Nowadays it is being used as a business centre. All the buildings on the left and right, apart from the building in the foreground on the right, have been demolished leaving only spare land.
All Saints Church and School, Elizabeth Street, Preston 1982: The church, far left, is currently undergoing a complete renovation and will become a venue for various uses as it is quite spacious inside. The former school on the right was demolished some years ago when local area renovations and new housing was been built.
Fishergate (south side) August 1988: We saw this National Westminster Bank on a recent part of the series; however it is interesting to note the shop on the right as this business was one of great longevity in Fishergate, although, it had not always been at the this location. You could purchase some really fabulous, if not incredibly expensive, Parker pens from this very Prestonian establishment.
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.