Theatre Hotel Fishergate, Preston June 1987. No longer with us I’m afraid but it was a Boddy’s pub with a great atmosphere, cracking juke box and of course, the wonderful footy table game in the back room vault.
Here we go again folks, with another stroll down the eighties memory lane with a selection of photo images from the late 1980’s. Towards the end of this decade we saw the complete demise of the English pound note, laws for UK pubs were changed allowing them to stay open all day, Kylie Minogue thought that she should be so lucky and Yazz thought that the only way is up, Black Box were able to Ride on Time and Jason Donovan broke too many hearts. It was a time when you felt like you had money in your pocket, even if you really didn’t.
So let’s start reminiscing with some great piccies that will take you back to those wicked times, some good and maybe not so good, the important thing is that they appear to be completely memorable, for what ever the reason was.
Fishergate (south side), Preston September 1987. Notice the ABC Theatre is almost demolished at this time. However the former Cartwright Mansion, in the centre of the photo, still remains for now in its complete form with the ground floor frontage extended forward from some years ago. The first stage of the Fishergate Centre construction work looks to be almost complete by this time and will eventually take over almost the rest of the block up to Theatre Street .
Market Street and Orchard Street Preston March 1989. Formerly the Jolly Farmer pub it is at this time a florists and a butchers shop. I personally don’t recall this one at all, do you?
Miller Arcade, Church Street (north side), Preston June 1988. Do you remember Menzies, a sort of WH Smiths of nowadays. And doesn’t the Miller Arcade look lovely and clean.
Winstons Pizza Lune Street, Preston July 1988. They did the most fabulous pizzas here, certainly one of the best in the area as far as I am concerned.
Horrockses Textile Mill New Hall Lane, Preston May 1989. Not apartments here but abandoned with loads of broken windows. Who can name the pub just seen on the left?
Offices of Horrockses Centenary Mill, New Hall Lane, Preston July 1988. Just about in operation with what looks like makeshift offices. Does anyone recognise either themselves or someone they knew here?
Welfare Benefits Lord Street, Preston Nov 1989. Gone forever and only just a patch of grassy ground now. Apparently, I am reliably informed that the cotton spinning machine inventor, Richard Arkwright, was born on this site on 23 December 1732.
Church Street (south side), Preston August 1988. Old Cock Yard, still there today and the shop on the left which has had many guises was, for many years, the premises of Wood’s Tobacco Merchants; anyone remember that?
Church Street (south side), Preston August 1988. The first three premises from the left have been completely swept away and only the shops from the one with the sun blinds and to the right remain today
Brucciani’s Cafe Fishergate, Preston June 1987 with Rum flavoured coffee and toasted buns. Remember their absolutely delicious ice cream? And advertising cigarettes too!
Cannon Street, Preston May 1987. This little street has always fascinated me as it looks so very quaint. How many shops have changed use since then, would you know?
Marsh Lane (south side), Preston March 1989. Here’s a sight that has completely disappeared. Does anyone remember the little cafe in the centre of the block? They made great bacon sandwiches and the pie shop on the far left corner made incredible butter pies.
Church Street (north side), Preston February 1988. Starkie Corner where the long standing Leather Shop used to be and nowadays is the premises of Richer Sounds. At one time this was the premises of Starkies the ironmonger manufacturers and retailers
Market Square (south side), Preston August 1988. Doesn’t look immensely different today other than all the retail stores you can see here have changed use. To the left on the corner of Crystal House was HMV at this period in time.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back twenty-five to thirty years ago and will look forward to another helping of 80’s heaven next week.