Ormskirk Road and Ringway from Bus Station Car Park, Preston December 1987: No longer seen today is the Saul Street Baths building in the background and also gone are the Moor Lane flats in the upper centre of the photo.
In 1982, Culture Club sang “Do you really want to hurt me?”, believe us though, we really don’t want to hurt you at all, but for now, we are sad to say that our nostalgic journey is at an end with this final selection of 80’s goodies making it that you have seen 150 photos in all. Reading all your comments on the blog here and on our Facebook page has been absolutely fantastic and has made posting these pictures very worth while indeed.
It’s not all bad news though as there will be a new series of 1960’s and 1970’s pictures starting next week and should be ideal for jogging the old memory banks for some memories and reminiscences. So polish up those memory cells and get ready for yet another way-back trip down memory lane and see what you can remember from all those years ago.
Junction of Church Street (south side) and Grimshaw Street, Preston April 1980: The shop premises on the right became another jewellers shop, can anyone thing of the name? I am told that Richard Marsden and Son Ltd. was a Mecca for electronics enthusiasts; anyone know what else they sold?
Entrance to New Cock Yard, Fishergate (south side), Preston May 1985: This underpass to New Cock Yard no longer exists; however, the yard remains to this day. When the new Boots chemist store was constructed, it was built across the location of this underpass and the New Cock Inn; anyone recall this old place?
Somic Ltd Alliance Works, New Hall Lane, Preston, 1985: This one time cotton mill premises remains to this day and to the right and out of sight is the premises of a former cinema, anyone know what that was?
Next, Whittles and Halifax Building Society, Fishergate (north side, Preston 1989: Whittles Jewellers has moved about somewhat in Preston but where was the original premises from which they operated?
St Oswalds Church, Harewood Road, Deepdale, Preston, 1987: Not a stained glass window or brick to be found of this former 1930’s church. There is however, a much smaller building which is the replacement St Oswalds and St Lukes Church (St Lukes on St George’s Road was also demolished some years ago). There is however, a small memorial garden at the rear of the new church which has a stone with an inscription dedicated to the former churches.
War Memorial (Cenotaph), Market Place, Preston 1986: The only real difference as compared with the present day scene is the completely remodeled base area of the War Memorial.
The Old Blue Bell and shops, Church Street (south side), Preston, 1985: One of Preston’s oldest pubs here which is undergoing some renovation work at present. In 1881, Ann Ratcliffe, the 15 y ear old daughter of the landlord of the Blue Bell, was murdered in the Sir Walter Scott Arms by her lover, John Aspinall Simpson.
Haslam Park Baths, Ashton, Preston June 1988: Anyone ever go to this place, I’m sure that many of you will have some great memories of this swimming pool.
Preston Royal Infirmary Deepdale, Preston August 1987: Well at least the gates and some of the buildings remain to this day, though most of the former PRI was demolished to make way for a retail park.
Shops on Church Street (sorth side), Preston December 1989: A number of shops have subsequently been demolished to the left of Bhula’s Bargain Centre; however, the cobblers shop remains to this day.
Garrison Snack Bar, Fleet Street, Preston July 1987: The premises of the Garrison Snack Bar has been under a few different names in the past; can anyone recall any of the former guises?
The Old Black Bull Inn & Dallas Inman Gallery, Friargate (south side), Preston April 1987: Nowadays, this old hostelry takes up the former premises of the art shop. Anyone remember Dallas Inman’s Gallery?
The Old Dog Inn, Church Street (south side), Preston May 1988: Is it me or does this part of Church Street look much cleaner and neater in this picture?
Miller Arcade & Lancaster Road From Church Street, Preston September 1989: Finally, one more picture of the Miller Arcade. The travel shop on the corner extending into Lancaster Road was originally The Kings Head Hotel and since the early 1900’s.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back twenty-five to thirty years ago and hopefully, in the future, we will be able to show you more great 80’s pictures of good old Preston. Don’t forget to share your reminiscences and thoughts on any of the pictures, after all, this is what this series is all about.
Next week we start our new series of 60’s, leading to the 70’s pictures of Preston in those times.