Preston City Council has received £49,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, The Last Battle on English Soil – Commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Preston 1715.Advertisement
Three hundred years ago, in November 1715, Government and Jacobite armies fought through the streets of Preston in a battle that might have changed history. The anniversary project will raise awareness of the battle and its brutal aftermath, culminating in a series of events in November.
The first events take on Saturday 18 July in Preston city centre and at Hoghton Tower on 18 and 19 July, where people can find out more about the Battle and meet re-enactors from both Jacobite and Government armies.
Commenting on the HLF award, Councillor Veronica Afrin, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Preston has a fascinating heritage, but not enough people are aware of how significant the city is historically. The 1715 Battle could have changed the course of British history. This project will reveal the stories of the battle that at the moment are hidden in archives, museums and the modern streets.”
If you would like to know more about the Battle of Preston 1715 and the Jacobites in Lancashire then see the Visit Lancashire website here.
Over the next few months, information about the battle will pop up around Preston – showing where barricades were built across the main streets, houses burned, Jacobites imprisoned and executed, and James III proclaimed king. School pupils will be involved in projects to discover the battles both here and in Scotland, and local communities will explore the impact on the city and contribute to the anniversary events.
The Battle took place during the 1715 Rising when Scottish and English Jacobites joined forces to try to bring the Catholic son of James II to the throne in place of the Hanoverian George I. James III was proclaimed king on the Flag Market in front of where the Harris Museum now stands. A hard-fought battle ended in the surrender of the Jacobite troops.
Over the coming months, Blog Preston will be reporting the progress of the battle in a blow by blow account of the main events as they happened in retrospective breaking news bulletins.
Events on 18-19 July
Saturday 18 July – Flag Market, Preston city centre and Harris Museum, PR1 2PP FREE
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July – Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, PR5 0SH CHARGES APPLY
The project has been developed by a working group made up of individuals inspired by family links or the Preston context, as well as Preston Historical Society, Preston Museums Group, Lancashire Archives and Community Heritage, Preston Creative Partnership and arts organisations, Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society, local historians, the Universities of Central Lancashire and Lancaster, local re-enactors, education advisors, and Marketing Lancashire.
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You can discover more information on the Heritage Lottery Fund website here.
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