Octo-Centenary celebration, Church Street, Preston 1979: Who can remember what was once built on the site of the car park and what happened to the shop adjacent which was on the corner of Church Street and Tithebarn Street?
By the warm response that we’ve had, it certainly appears that readers love to see these old digitised photos of Preston in the 1960’s and the 1970’s. I suppose that the images evoke so many memories from that era and from some of the comments we’ve received, certain images have triggered the recollection of some very good memories of days gone by and happy times when people loved to don their best outfits and have a great time in the various pubs, clubs, cinemas and cafe bars in the town. It is blatantly obvious that with some of the photos, whenever a special occasion arose, people gathered in their droves to see a parade or whatever when they came to town. There are also some wonderful memories of workplaces, schools and places of worship, many of which have now disappeared for good. So let’s take another trip down memory lane and see what we recall and what places have escaped the demolition wrecking ball.
Aquaduct St, Limekiln Pub, Brookhouse & Shelly Road Mill Preston 1972: This is a great view of the path of the Lancaster canal following the aquaduct and canal demolition. You can just see the canal basin in the distance, which is where it is today.
Rear of St Ignatius Boys and Girls School, Sedgwick Street, Preston 1976: This is a view which was created by the housing demolition on Sedgwick Street which existed for many years on the grassy verge in the foreground. St Ignatius boys primary and central school (left and right of centre) have both been demolished for quite some time.
Fishergate shops (north side), Preston 1976: Another National Westminster Bank there just to the left of centre; Preston did have its fair share of those. Anyone remember any of the other shops?
Octo-Centenary celebration, Flag Market, Market Place, Preston 1979: This strange appearance of a blacksmith must have had some significance I should think but I’m not sure what. Anyone?
Book Exchange on Lowthian Street, Preston 1979: It’s only a few years or so since this place closed down. I remember purchasing some books there some time ago. Anybody know if this is was actually two premises as it certainly looks as though it is?
Bambers Furniture Store, Friargate, Preston 1976: I must say, Bambers looks very smart in this picture. You can just see to the far left, Tommony’s Yard with the Guild Motors sign above. All this gone now of course to make way for the new apartment block which is currently under construction.
Church Street looking towards Derby Street, Preston 1976: Most people I talk to seem to remember the Kismet Restaurant to the right of the picture and have a tale or two to tell about it; how about you?
Site of former West Lancashire Railway line, off Fishergate Hill, Preston 1978: This was the trackbed leading from the terminus station on the lower part of Fishergate Hill. It closed as a passenger line in 1900 after only being in service for 18 years; however, it was used as a goods line until the 1960’s and then closed down. The station was demolished and the line removed in 1976.
Kendal Miller School of Hairdressing, Fishergate (north side), Preston 1966: I am informed by many senior Prestonians that the Kardomah cafe on the right had the most delicious aroma of coffee floating around when you went inside. The long wooden counter was actually the counter of the post office which was the original purpose of this building.
Lord Street (north side), Preston 1970: All in this picture has been demolished for many years. The building to the right was originally the Lord Street Cotton Mill and somewhere to the left side, Richard Arkwright, the renowned inventor of the very successful spinning machine, was born.
Former Cotton Mill on Barracks Street as seen from Marsh Lane, Preston 1976: Anyone recognise the lovely Ford Cortina mk3’s on the forecourt? I love them and also the col0urs too.
Co-operative Society, Ormskirk Road, Preston 1968: Hard to believe that this was a food store at the time of the photograph capture. I would love to have seen the inside of this place when it was in full operation. Did any reader ever shop in here?
St Pauls Church, Ringway (formerly Park Road), Preston 1976: The church was lying empty at this time but was destined to become the home to Red Rose Radio and subsequently, Rock FM. It’s amazing to see all the gravestones in the church grounds. The War Memorial at the front is now located at the rear of the grounds.
Redevelopment Truro Place from Frome Street, Preston 1965: In this picture the flats have just been built and look very pristine indeed. They replaced rows of terraced houses that had been there for well over 100 years.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?