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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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The building was torn down in the 1980s

In pictures: Courtauld’s factory before demolition

These pictures show life inside the Courtauld’s factory before it was demolished in 1980. Local photographer and former factory worker Keith Sergeant rescued the pictures from a skip just before the factory was torn down. The Ribbleton site is now the Red Scar Business Park but before this the factory was home to thousands of workers. They made colourful silks and fabrics which were exported […]

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Memories of Preston’s Courtaulds factory wanted

A community project is asking for Prestonian’s memories of the Courtaulds factory. There will be an event at St Matthew’s Mission on Saturday to help trace the history of the former factory. The Colours of the World: Made in Preston project was inspired by the array of artificial silks made by Courtaulds. Courtaulds employed thousands of Prestonians when it opened in 1939. It is now […]

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Preston Past in Paper

It can be surprising and sometimes insightful what you can find after a good rummage on a car boot sale. I collect scraps of old Preston based memorabilia. leaflets, letters, cards, anything local tying into my interest in Preston. Past This is all the stuff thrown away over past decades. It could all be seen as worthless pieces of paper. But these documents contain nostalgic […]

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queen plaque

Looking Back: The Queen unveils Preston plaque in 1974

A little bit of Preston nostalgia. This week back in 1974, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Preston Railway Station to unveil a plaque marking the electrifying of the West Coast Main Line from London to Glasgow. The rail line between the Capital and Scotland’s second city, which passes through Preston, is Britain’s most important rail route. It became known as the West […]

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