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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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The beam machine in use at Courtaulds

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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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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The Miller Arcade is singled out as being impressive but isolated

Show off your heritage: English Heritage report says Preston should be proud

A new report by English Heritage say the city is not making the most of its 20th century history and heritage. Preston Bus Station was the main focus of the report by heritage specialists who undertook a walking tour around the city. You can see what they said about key places in the city centre by browsing the map below. You can see the full […]

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Hoghton Tower

450 year old Shakespeare’s connections with Preston

It was William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this week, but did you know he may have spent a couple of those years in and around Preston? A story that has baffled literary scholars for years, did Shakespeare spend some of his ‘lost years’ at Hoghton Tower or at the outskirts of Preston? It is an intriguing thought that the greatest poet might have spent some of […]

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