History

Preston's Cenotaph has been undergoing a facelift

Restored Preston Cenotaph to be re-dedicated 88 years since original unveiling

Preston’s restored Cenotaph is to be re-dedicated in a special service. Following work costing ¬£835,600 the war memorial was finished in Autumn last year. Renovation work included the carving oa new dedication to the people of the city who lost their lives in service since 1945. As part of Preston’s commemorations of the start of the First World War the re-dedication service takes place on […]

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Friargate, Preston c. 1910 (Hearder)

A brief history of Preston’s former public tramways

With the recent announcement of the possible re-use of a section of the former Preston and Longridge railway line as a new tramway for Preston, we thought that it would be interesting to look into Preston’s trams of times gone by. Horse drawn tramways were in force in Preston from 1879 and were a very successful form of public transport in their time. The main […]

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Courtaulds factory memories to be told through song

The history of Preston’s former Courtaulds factory is to be brought to life through a music project. A Song for your Community sees singer-songwriter Claire Mooney work with former factory workers to piece their stories and memories into a song about Courtaulds. The Courtaulds factory used to stand on what is now the Red Scar Industrial Estate and its history is being pieced together as […]

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Courtauld’s factory memories shared at community event

Former workers at the Courtauld’s factory have met to recall the working life. The textiles factory was knocked down in the 1980s but a new community project aims to piece together its past. At St Matthews Mission on Saturday a number of workers and those who had memories of the factory came together. Gary Cunliffe’s film showcasing archive pictures of Courtauld’s was shown. A talk […]

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The building was torn down in the 1980s

Courtauld’s factory film: Watch fascinating lookback at factory life

The story of the former Courtauld’s factory has been told in an online documentary. Prestonian Gary Cunliffe has produced the lookback at what used to be one of the biggest employers in Preston. Courtauld’s employed 4,000 people and used to stand on what is now the Red Scar Industrial Estate in Ribbleton. Cunliffe produced the film as part of the Dovetail project which is aiming […]

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Red Scar House as it was in 1935

So what existed before the Courtaulds factory at Red Scar?

With the forthcoming ‘Colours of the World: Made in Preston’ project in mind, I began to think about what existed on the site of the former Couraulds prior to the construction of the factory buildings at Red Scar. There is, in fact, a long history of a house that¬†originally existed on there and was in the ownership of the Cross family over a period of […]

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