North Road with Saul Street Baths and Pentecostal Church, Preston 1971: Saul Street Baths still there in all it’s glory and looks like the Crest Hotel had not been built at this time. Some shops on North Road hanging in there just at the right of the photo. I am informed that many people around in this era will recall the raised wooden platform in the centre of the junction which was used by traffic police during busy periods. There was something else there too, anyone remember?
We continue this week with another fabulous set of pictures from an era gone by in Preston. There were massive transformations going on in the town in that time, both with demolition and rebuilding work and new roads appearing which were replacing much known and loved areas. With the introduction of the new Ringway and the construction of the Central Bus Station alone, a whole community was wiped out in just a few years and although it was looked upon as slum clearance, it did remove many homes and shops from hundreds of people whose friends and families had lived there for generations. But after all, this was in the name of progress, so it must have been the right thing to do; mustn’t it?
Frames Travel Agents, Fishergate, Preston 1965: Anyone know what the offices were on the left side of Frames?
Demolition of Christ Church, Bow Lane, Preston 1971: This appears to be such a lovely old church, such a shame that a purpose could not be found for it. Anyone attend this place in the past?
Larkhill – Playing field from Chapel, Preston 1966: I’m sure that this will bring back memories for those who either attended St. Augustine’s School or Larkhill Convent. At one time, these grounds were part of Lark Hill House, the home of Samuel Horrocks, Cotton magnate of the Horrockses cotton mills.
View from County Hall prior to building of extension, Preston 1971: Hardly recognisable now from what we see today. The building works in progression are on the site of Christ Church shown two pictures above. You can see in the distance, the chimneys of Penwortham Power Station.
Building Design Partnership offices, Vernon Street, Preston 1971: Does anyone know what large and famous/infamous building this firm were responsible for in Preston?
Brookfield Mill to the left and Broomfield Mill to the right, Broomfield Mill Street, Preston 1971: This street appears to have changed its name a few times over the years. At one time it was known as Brookfield Street, then Bloomfield Street and finally, Broomfield Street. Close by there was another firm which was Preston Slipper Works; anyone remember this or worked there?
Easter in Miller Park, Preston 1970: Not a lot has changed with this view over the last 45 years or so other than the stonework is probably not in as good condition nowadays. Strange to think that most of the people in this view will at least be in their late sixties and even the children will be middle aged now. Recognise anyone?
Central bus station under construction, Preston 1969: This is a view of the south side of the Bus Station which was going to be the pride and joy of Preston according to architects, BDP. Some will agree and others will not, either way, it did, and still does have an impact on Preston. There are some very interesting motor cars using the grounds; how many of you can name them all?
Rotunda St Georges Shopping Centre, Preston 1969: I think the original shopping centre has a certain charm with it’s avant- garde style. Maybe you got wet on rainy days, but you were able to enjoy the open-air aspect in the sunshine. Perhaps all these indoor places have made us all a little soft; as my nan used to say “it’s only rain, you’ll not melt”. Have you any good memories of the ‘old’ St. George’s Shopping Centre?
Demolition of Croft Street Mill, Croft Street, Preston 1971: Most of the original buildings in Croft Street have now been swept away, the latest one to be demolished recently being the Wesleyan Chapel which was build around 1858.
Easter in Avenham Park, Preston 1970: Another busy Easter packed Avenham Park. It appears that it probably wasn’t too warm on the day that this photo was taken, with all the coats and macs in view. There is of course, the fact that people did like to dress more formally in those times as is evident by most of the gentlemen wearing suits. The chap in the centre of the picture looks like he’s more interested in his newspaper than what’s going on!
Avenham Flats and St Augustines Church from Avenham Lane, Preston 1967: I was at this location a few days ago just to see how much it had changed since the late 60’s, surprisingly enough, it’s pretty much the same now as it was then; just different colours for the multi-storey flats to the left. St. Augustine’s Church in the distance will have been a complete building then, instead of a new-build on to the original facade that remains today .
Lord Street Cotton Mill and Tithebarn Hotel from Ribble Bus Station, Preston 1970: G-Plan furniture anyone? Well the Tithebarn pub still remains (just about) and the building with the two large windows became apartments but have been vacant and run-down for some time. The old Lord Street Cotton Mill to the left was demolished many years ago but a very small part of the front edifice still exists for some reason. It is where the white doorway and a small window to the left are in the above picture; however, they are bricked-up.
New Central Bus Station, Preston 1971: Another view of the Bus Station construction which is now almost complete at this time. Notice that the Crest Hotel still hasn’t been started yet. More lovely old cars too, hanging on to some free parking while they can.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?