Guild Parade, Market Place, Preston 1972: My, hasn’t Cheapside changed? Just look at all those shoe shops, and more just around the corner in Fishergate. What is now Thomas Yates Jewellers, was at this time a tobacconists shop; you don’t find many of those nowadays.
This week we take a look at streets and building which are essentially still in existence but with some changes. In one or two cases, buildings have been swept away but most of the pictures have views which are essentially the same but with some moderisation of some kind. If you’ve lived through the sixties and seventies then I’m sure you will recognise most of these places but you may be quite surprised to know what does still exist in the present day; it’s just that sometimes we just don’t notice things as we are dashing around, here and there to work or shopping.
Avenham Flats, Charlotte Street and St Saviours Church, Preston 1967: Same buildings there today but looking a lot smarter and more colourful. Of course, St Saviours Church was demolished a long time ago and can no longer be seen in the present view.
Ringway completion over the subway, Preston c.1969: What a different view from what you see today! About the only remaining buildings that can be seen nowadays in this view would be St. Ignatius Church spire and the old Methodist Chapel Sunday School in its remodelled form of the Masonic Hall. If you look carefully, just right of the image centre you can spot the Port Admiral Hotel with its three figurines at roof level on the fascia wall. Anyone recall what the three figurines were?
Guild Parade, Friargate, Preston 1972: I am informed that the food from the Chicken Barbecue shop was absolutely delicious; don’t recall the place myself but I would have like to have tried the chicken. Anyone remember this place?
Former Lord Street Cotton Mill from Apron Ribble Bus Station, Preston 1970: All swept away now of course. the photographer would be stood on the former Ribble Bus Station site, which is now the Guild Hall. It seems a little unreal to think that the building in the background was a cotton mill, and now it is just a large grassy knoll.
Former Lancaster Canal Bridge, Marsh Lane, Preston 1975: This is a former bridge over where the Lancaster Canal was, which went on to the wharf in Corporation Street (where the Aldi store stands today). Even in the present day the railings to this bridge still remain. Next time you travel along Marsh lane, take a look, it’s just across from the Preston International Hotel.
St. Marks School, Wellfield Road, Preston 1973: This old building used to be a Sunday School of learning but was subsequently handed over to St. Mark’s parish to be used as an elementary school. At some time in the past this school was condemned and the children were removed to Christ Church School on Bow Lane. What is a little strange is that it was never demolished, instead, it remains to this day as a commercial premises; the building has been truncated somewhat and a new metallic roof has been fitted.
Guild Parade, Market Place, Preston 1972: in this picture, you can see that a building has been demolished on the right to enable the widening of Anchor Court which, at one time, led through to Bamber’s yard. The Maypole butter store in the centre of the picture was renowned in Preston for top quality foods and a very popular shop indeed. This premises is currently the ‘Scrumptious’ Cafe bar.
Magistrates Court, Lawson Street, Preston 1972: No Crown Courts at this time only the Magistrates. You can just see the Saul Street Baths building in the distance to the right. Loving those great little minis too!
Guild Parade, Fishergate, Preston 1972: The Golden Egg restaurant to the left occupying the former Nottingham House premises, followed by …yes girls, more shoe shops. Oh how I wish it was still like that in Preston.
Terraced Housing, Livesey Street, Preston 1971: All the houses in this view were swept away many years ago to make way for new housing and greens. Although minus its chimney, the mill in the distance which is on the other side of London Road in Salmon Street, still remains to the present day. The white building on the far right side which is on the corner of London Road and Salmon Street was at the time of this picture, The Greyhound Public House; it is now the Lola Restaurant.
Guild Parade, Friargate, Preston 1972: The soldiers are marching past some great old shops and places here on Friargate. Nowadays, Halfords don’t generally site their shops in town and city centres like they did here at one time; the same goes for Curry’s too. Any of you guys remember Harry Fenton men’s outfitters and did you buy any of those really wide ties there? And of course, most of you will recall the Boars Head pub, the Tetley house to the right; I had some great nights in the upstairs bar in the past, how about you?
Properties on Bostock Street, Preston c.1972: Not a place too many will recognise, I’m sure. Bostock Street is between Bolton’s Court and Turks Head Yard and parallel to Church Street. The buildings you see here were all demolished some years ago. It is interesting to note that this street is made of genuine cobbles and not ‘sets’ and now very rare indeed in Preston.
Guild Parade, Church Street, Preston 1972: Not sure what this premises is used for now, maybe a claim assessors or something similar but it is interesting to note that for over a hundred years or so this was the site of a premises of the London and Midland Bank and although the original premises was quite small, it appears that the company bought some of the surrounding properties to expand.
Guild Parade, Market Place, Preston 1972: Some more great places in view here, Brady’s music shop for one. I wonder how many readers spent hours in this place, listening to their favourite band’s latest album. In the distance, on Church Street, you can just spot the Wimpy Bar. I used to absolutely love the food there. I wonder if there are any other genuine Wimpy’s about who have the same menu as then. Up to recent times, Liverpool had one in Williamson Square but that one has disappeared now.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?