Preston Digital Archive passes 8000 images but volunteers still want more

Posted on - 29th November, 2012 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Photos, Preston News
Junction of Marsh Lane & Spa Road, Preston

Junction of Marsh Lane & Spa Road, Preston: The only buidings that survive today are those on the right. All the remaining properties seen left of centre, including the Victoria Warehouses, were demolished as part of the road widening scheme for the approach to new Ribble bridge. Copyright: Jim Danby

An online collection of photos of Preston through the years has reached its target of 8,000 uploads.


The Preston Digital Archive is housed on photo-sharing site Flickr and founder Barney Smith wanted to reach the 8,000 barrier before the Guild.

In the latest issue of the Preston Magazine, Mr Smith states the Archive is now looking for even more.

“We know you must have musty old albums, biscuit tins and the odd sock drawer full of interesting items of Preston and the surrounding areas past.

“What we are looking for are photos of commercial or industrial activity, lost streets and buildings, social activity and more.”

The Archive also accepts Real Photo picture post cards, plus old threatre programmes, invitations, magazine articles, adverts and newspaper cuttings.

How to submit your images to the Preston Digital Archive

1. If you can scan photos, send them as attachments (300dpi photo quality required) to

2. If you can’t scan them, post them to Preston Digital Archive, PO BOX 1316, Preston, PR1 0RT. Include a return address and they will be returned at no cost to you.

3. For bulk items they can be collected locally, call 07733 321911 to arrange collection.

The archive only covers photos taken in Preston, Penwortham, Fulwood, Grimsargh, Walton le Dale, Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall.

View the full archive on Flickr.

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