Lancastria House is earmarked for demolition as part of the Markets plan

Opinion: Why art-deco beauty Lancastria House needs to be saved from Preston Markets plan

Back in the early 2000s Preston Council had a grand vision. Fully renovated and enclosed Victorian market canopies; glazed and two-tiered market shopping, replacing the tired 60s indoor market and car park. In place of the old indoor market would come a complex of restaurants and bars anchored by a city centre cinema complex – think a smaller scale Printworks, Manchester. Preston was awash with […]

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Rachel Lonsdale has gone missing from Preston city centre

Rachel Lonsdale missing: Preston woman not seen since Monday

Updated: Rachel has now been found safe and well by police. Police in Preston are appealing for information to help trace a woman not seen since Monday. Rachel Lonsdale, 33, was last seen at her home on St Oswald’s Close at 12.15pm on Monday. Lonsdale is described as 5’6″ with shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black coat, multi-coloured […]

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The Harris Open 2014 offers chance to Preston artists

The Harris Open 2014 will offer the chance for local artists to display their talent. They’re inviting Preston-based artists to show painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and more. Many of the items are for sale and will make unique presents over Christmas. Art by community groups that have been working with the Harris Museum this year including Free Your Mind, The Art Group (Alzheimer’s Society) and […]

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27 - Taken From The South East Corner Of Winckley Square, Showing The South Side Residences (2013).

Winckley Square: Nearly £1 million secured for heritage project around the Georgian Square

Nearly £1 million has been secured for the area around Preston’s Winckley Square. The Georgian Square is revered as one of the crown jewels of the city and the Heritage Lottery Fund has given £945,000 to restore the streets around the Square. Preston City Council had applied for funding to help bring vacant properties around the Square back into use and repair key buildings around […]

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Paying respects at the Cenotaph in 2013

Remembrance Sunday in Preston: Details of parade and Cenotaph Service

Preston is to pay its respects to those soldiers who have died in conflict. Remembrance Sunday sees a parade and service of remembrance at the newly restored Cenotaph on the Flag Market. A parade, led by the Lancastrian Brigade Corps of Drum along with the Brindle Band, leaves the Covered Market at 10.20am on Sunday 9 November. It will go down Lancaster Road, Church Street […]

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The former doctors surgery on Ashton Street

Ashton doctors surgery to become new student accommodation in shadow of St Walburge’s

A former doctors surgery could become a new student home close to the university campus. Student Dens have applied to convert the former St Walburge’s Medical Practice into a block of student rooms. The property, on Ashton Street in the shadow of St Walburge’s Church, would become a seven-bedroom student accommodation. A statement from Mr Philip Harvey, who is behind the scheme, states: “The property […]

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