Colin Dickinson At The Preston Historical Society

Posted on - 6th March, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Opinion, What's On in Preston

Colin Dickinson - PHS Meeting Talk 4th March 2013 & Book


At the meeting of the Preston Historical Society held on Monday 4th March, members and guests were presented with a superb talk and photographic slide show of the once ubiquitous Preston based company of Dick, Kerr.

Colin explained how the partnership of W.B. Dick and J. Kerr took facilities in Strand Road, Preston creating an engineering company of vital importance in maintaining Preston’s leadership in manufacturing.Ā He also talked of how the company of Dick, Kerr produced tramway and railway plant eventually moving on to the manufacture of aircraft and of the importance of the involvement of the company in the production of aircraft and such like during World War Two.

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The slide show images which Colin displayed during the presentation gave a strong reminder to all attending of Preston’s past involvement in steel and electrical engineering and took most people on a magical journey down ‘Memory Lane’.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank Colin for such a nostalgic and entertaining evening.

Colin Dickinson is the author of the book ‘Cotton Mills Of Preston’ which could easily be described as the definitive text on the complete cotton industry of the town, identifying the various mills in fine architectural and technical detail and is essential reading for all enthusiasts and historians of the cotton industry.


The Preston Historical Society, founded in 1948, meets on the first Monday of the month between October and May.Ā TheĀ meetings, which start at 7.15 pm, are held at the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston.The annual membership subscription is Ā£10, and admission for visitors to a meeting is only Ā£2.

You can find out more about theĀ Historical SocietyĀ on their website and also on theĀ Facebook page.
There is alsoĀ information ofĀ all theĀ latest news of meetings and events onĀ Twitter @prestonhistsoc

Reviewed by Paul D. Swarbrick & Gillian A. Lawson

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