The Boatmans, Marsh Lane, Preston 1987: Long gone and now replaced by a block of student apartments. I’m sure that this watering hole is sadly lamented by many.
Here we go again with another fifteen images of those great 80’s days in Preston Town. The 1980’s, a time when George Michael was accusing us of a Careless Whisper, Marc Almond was Saying Hello and Waving Goodbye, Barry White was Never Gonna Give You Up, Madness just Knew that It Must Be Love and of course, You Were Always On The Minds of the Pet Shop Boys.
You know that you were an 80’s child if You knew “The Artist” when he was humbly called “Prince”, you could break dance (ok, you wished you could), you remember when Amiga was a state of the art video game system and you owned cassettes with home recordings of the UK top 40 singles chart from the radio.
Whatever your thing was in the 1980’s, you’re sure to recognise something in this weeks pictures if you lived in Preston at the time.
Butler Street, Preston 1981: Just look at that traffic! Not much shared space there at that time. Anyone recall the ASDA store being there?
Friargate (lower south side featuring St Marys entrance), Preston 1986: How many of you guys shopped at Jethwa? Great Chippy it was too!
Market Street – Orchard Street, Preston 1981: The Market pub looked so much different then and I used to love Bamber’s Cheese shop, the smell inside was wonderful.
Upper end of Friargate (south side), Preston 1983: Who used to pop upstairs in the Boars Head? Had some great times there in the past.
Former National Westminster Bank at the start of Fishergate (south side), Preston 1986: It doesn’t seem like you could turn a corner in Preston at one time and not find a NatWest Bank. This building has been several pub restaurants since then.
Market Place, Preston 1989: Thos. Yates Jewellers premises is one of the oldest in Preston; very quaint it is too!
Church Street (south side), Preston 1989: How many of you recall what the shop on the far right was at one time? Only went in once as far as I can remember.
The old National Westminster Bank, Fishergate (south side), Preston 1989: Oh hello! another Natwest, although nowadays it is an entirely different looking building. Anyone know what the shop between the bank and Alliance and Leicester was?
Friargate (lower north side), Preston 1987: Not one of these shops is there today, only Clayton’s Gate, just left of centre remains pretty much the same as it did then.
Marsh Lane (looking northward), Preston 1987: Who would recognise this part of Marsh Lane now? Although, all of the buildings on the left side still remain except the pub in the distance. Anyone know what this pub was called?
Percy Street School, Percy Street, Preston 1986: I don’t actually recall noticing this school, even though I must have passed it many times when travelling along Percy Street on a bus. Anyone else?
Manchester Mill (British Velvet & Plush Company), Mosley Street, Preston 1985: Now this place I know very well indeed as I worked there as a weaver in my very young days. I remember the owner of the company Mr Smith, who was a very lovely old man and a true gentleman of the old style. I loved my days working there and gained some good old skills. Sadly, this building is soon to be swept away to make way for new housing.
Oddfellows Arms, Mount Street, Preston 1988: This place has certainly changed over the years, don’t actually remember it until it became Hartley’s Wine Bar; I’m sure many of you will though.
Jutland Street with the Jutland Street Tavern in backgound (peachy/orange building), Preston, St Pauls Square, Preston 1984: Virtually all of what you see in this picture has been swept away and has being rebuilt upon now. The former churchyard still remain as part of the Rock FM grounds and remarkably enough, the War Memorial still exists on the same location today.
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. Don’t forget to share your reminiscences and thoughts on any of the pictures, after all, this is what this series is all about.