St. Georges Shopping Centre, Preston c.1972: I wonder how many of us recall the shopping centre looking like this? I really liked this design and loved the outdoor feel to it too! What do you think?
There’s quite and exciting mix of images in this weeks helping of 60’s and 70’s pictures of Preston. Most of what you will see has either been swept away completely or has changed beyond recognition. See what you can recall in these photos and what you can remember of those which have changed. In the first picture of the St. George’s Shopping Centre which was constructed in the mid 1960’s, you will notice how it was designed to be an open space shopping amenity; however, with no traffic to obstruct the shoppers and at the time it was built, is was accessible 24 hours a day; very useful to make your way from Friargate to Fishergate at night.
Flag Market on Market Square, Preston 1973: Good grief! Just look at all those cars parked on the Flag Market; wouldn’t happen nowadays. Anyone remember the fabulous Pot Fairs that used to be held there?
Former Station of The West Lancashire Railway. Fishergate Hill, Preston, c.1975: I put up a picture of the rear of this place last week in part 4. Can’t say that I remember this place at all. Anyone else?
St. Peters School, Cold Bath Street, Preston c.1973: Hard to believe that this is where the UCLan Media Factory is now as this looks so desolate. I am told that there used to be a motor engineering firm known as Bert Holding carburetors who used this building.
Former Empire Theatre, Church Street, Preston c.1975: This building looks fabulous in this picture. I never went to the Empire Theatre but I know plenty of people who did. The premises on the right, Gooby’s, had a massive fire and never reopened.
Corn Mill, Arthur Street off Bow Lane, Preston 1976: All swept away to make way for the LCC car park and doesn’t look one bit like this now. Anyone remember it?
The Fish Market, Preston 1968: Wow! This looks fantastic. I would have loved to see the market like this. Doesn’t it look clean and neat. I suppose that it would be frowned upon nowadays as a health and safety matter, having fish out in the open on stalls like these. Anyone ever buy fish here?
Fox & Duck P.H. Chris Miller Ltd., Croft Street, Preston c.1975: Don’t really know this area well but I do know of Chris Miller Ltd. I have a notion that one of the Miller’s own the crane on the marina boatyard on Preston Docks?
Former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Station entrance, Butler Street, Preston c.1978: Is this where you would board a train to Southport at one time?
St. Stephens Church, Tay,Street , Preston c.1972: The church has been long gone but the houses on the right still remain to this day.
Guild Parade, Fishergate, Preston 1972: Loving the shoe shops and even more, the Owen Owen store on the right. A fabulous place to shop and a distant cousin of T.J. Hughes stores. Miss them both.
Guild Parade, Fishergate, Preston 1972: Just passing the top end of Glovers Court with The Golden Egg restaruant on the corner in the former Nottingham House building. Anyone remember The Golden Egg?
Easter in Avenham Park, Preston 1970: A great Easter scene on the park with the bandstand in the distance, just about where the Pavilion Cafe is now. Anyone remember it?
Ribble Bus Station Tithebarn Street, Preston c.1969: The red Ribble buses were such a common sight in Preston at one time. I actually saw one on the Bus Station just recently.
The Corporation Arms. Corner of Lune Street and Wharf Street, Preston c.1967: Ringway runs directly through the site of this old public house which is just adjacent to the Corn Exchange (former Public Hall). Allegedly, there were holes in the pub wall where shot was fired During riots in Lune street, which were part of the 1842 General Strike or ‘Plug Plot Riots’
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?