History

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1,956 candles lit at the War Memorial for Preston’s fallen in WWI

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 […]

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Pictures show role Strand Road factory played in WWI

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 […]

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A step back in time into Preston’s Winckley Square (part 4)

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 […]

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Preston Pals War Memorial Commemorative Service at Preston Station

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, […]

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Lights to go out in Preston as we remember WWI

At the Flag Market in Preston on Monday 4 August a LIGHTS OUT event will take place. Also taking place across the nation, this is an invitation for everyone to turn off their lights between 10.00pm and 11.00pm but leave a single light or candle on for a moment of shared reflection. All internal and external lights will be switched off at Lancastria House, Markets, […]

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Watch final Courtaulds history project documentary

A documentary charting the history of Preston’s Courtaulds factory has been released. Made by Gary Cunliffe the 48-minutes film is the culmination of a project to gather the memories of those who worked at the Red Scar factory up to its demolition in the 1980s. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund a number of meetings were held to gather together former workers. The meetings at […]

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