Easterly view of Christmas time in Fishergate, Preston 1972: St John’s Parish Church looks like it is undergoing major repairs in this scene and of course Woolies has a prominent presence on Fishergate during this period. (Please note: The description that I have on the photo is December 1972, although looking more closely at the picture it does give the impression that it could be the Guild)
The first two pictures this week are not very seasonal as they are of the winter festive season in Fishergate; however, they are excellent views and should bring back memories of Christmas in 1972. We also have a few great pictures featuring some landmarks of Preston which have now long gone and even a couple of ladies who many people around in the 60’s may well remember. Our final picture today is somewhat of a mystery to us as to the premises and location; we would also like to find out if anyone knows who the two young ladies are appearing in that image.
Westerly view of Christmas time in Fishergate, Preston 1972: The Baptist Church also seems to be in full swing of being renovated as well as the Parish Church. Town certainly looks very busy on that day and there appears to be somewhat of a shared space going on, even then! (Please note: The description that I have on the photo is December 1972, although looking more closely at the picture it does give the impression that it could be the Guild)
Central Bus Station, Tithebarn Street, Preston 1971: The Crest Hotel hadn’t been built yet, at this time and the Park Mill Lane factory chimney is still there. People didn’t seem care about crossing the Bus Station apron by the looks of things either. Remember the blue and white Preston Corporation buses?
Easter in Avenham Park, Preston 1970: A crowd packed park at Easter in that period of time and plenty of youngsters playing in the rock gardens too. Anyone fancy going down to see the Goldfish in the pond?
Demolition of Co-op Store on corner of Lancaster Road & Ormskirk Road, Preston 1973: The old Co-operative store has almost been swept away here and I must say, it certainly doesn’t look very safe at that moment in time. Does anyone recall shopping in the Co-op here and if so, what type of store was it?
Johnsons Pie Shop. 56, Tithebarn Street, Preston c.1967: This popular little shop was run by two sisters, Irene and Vera Johnson, seen here stood in the doorway. The premises was next to the old Fire Station and just across from the Princes Theatre. I believe that they sold the most delicious pies and if you look closely in the window, you can see a white enameled bowl of parched peas which was another of their tasty specialities.
Rear of former Parish Church, Original part of Stoneygate, Preston 1979: The old mill in the centre of the picture is quite derelict at this time but the houses on Library Street are still standing. Only one currently remains today. In 1972, Stoneygate ran along the wall you can see in the foreground and all the way to the Church gate.
The Punchbowl, Fishergate, Preston c.1972: Many people will remember the Punchbowl seen here, as the Kardomah Cafe in earlier times. St Georges Shopping Centre was accessed by the passageway to the right of the picture, alongside Cresta.
Lancaster Road North, Preston c.1968: Stan Marks and Hobkirk’s Dance Club. I’m sure that many people will recall Wally Hobkirk’s and the place that it eventually became, which was the Adriatic Ballroom or AD, named after Adriatic transatlantic ocean liner
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Warehouse viewed from Hill Place, Butler Street, Preston 1976: Hard to believe that the Fishergate car park exists now where this large warehouse stood as it all looks rather surreal compared to today’s view.
Fishergate shops (north side), Preston 1976
Former Moss Mill, Moss Street, Fylde Road, Preston 1978: It will be obvious to many that this is now the premises of the former Bitter Suite (now the Ale Emporium) and the Ferret at the front of the building. This is the site of one of the town’s oldest cotton mills, Spittal Moss factory was built by John Horrocks in 1794.Originally, this was built as
St Saviours Church, Manchester Road, Preston 1971: Now long gone, as was the fate of many of the Churches in Preston around this period of time. Another one which was swept away was the original St James Church in nearby Avenham Lane.
Popinere Cafe & KFC, Fishergate (north side), Preston 1976: To the far left, you can just see the window of Bruccianis Cafe and in the centre is the Popinere which replaced the earlier Wimpey Bar. the small sized KFC was extended by taking over the Popinere Cafe.
Finally, we have a picture of unknown location taken somewhere in Preston 1972. does anyone have any idea as to where and what this building was and even more, who the two girls are in the yard?
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?