Flickr hosted Preston Digital Archive has now reached a staggering landmark of twenty million viewings by people from Preston and the world over. Whether the people consulting the archive are Preston residents, ex-pats or those just simply using it for the pleasure of seeing the images or for research, the number of people viewing are in their thousands every day. Preston street scenes, parks, docks, cotton mills, architecture, engineering, famous […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On Monday 4 August at 11am a reconstruction of the ‘Giving of the King’s Shilling’ took place using two platforms. The ‘King’s Shilling’ is an old armed forces tradition dating back as far as the eighteenth century. Civilians were given a shilling from the King’s purse to join either the British Army or the Royal Navy to serve their country. The tradition is no longer official […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On Monday evening very large crowds gathered on Preston’s Flag Market to witness 1,956 lit candles being placed around the base of the War Memorial by volunteer carriers to signify the war’s fallen victims. This was Preston’s contribution to the nationwide ‘Lights Out‘ project and in true form, the people of Preston were out in full force to commemorate the occasion. Following a service held by Cannon Timothy […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share See your advert here Want to promote your local business?
As Preston prepares to honour those who fought in the First World War the lid has been lifted on how the city supplied shells to the front line. The Dick, Kerr and Company factory on Strand Road, Riversway, produced up to 30,000 of the 3.3 million shells a week to be sent to Allied troops. Ian Lawrenson, heritage manager for BAE Systems’ Military Air and […]3 months ago by Ed Walker Share
Another of the properties along the eastern side of Winckley Square which unfortunately did not survive the demolition hammer was that of number 12 as seen in the above image. This was originally the residence of John Humber, a cotton manufacturer who owned a cotton mill at Bushell Street Works, Lancaster road North in Preston; this building still exists in the present day. In around 1910 12 Winckley […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share
On 23 July 1916 the Preston Pals saw their last major action at Bazentin-le-Petit on the Somme. Many were killed and wounded, and for this reason a Commemorative Service was held on 23 July 2014 at the Preston Pals War Memorial on Preston Railway Station. The commemorative service, kindly organised by Andrew Mather, Chairman and founder of the Preston Pals War Memorial, was attended by special guests, […]3 months ago by Paul D. Swarbrick Share