Allens Cafe, Church Street, Preston c.1972: The street to the left with the no entry sign was Nile Street, now part of a car park. Who remembers Allens then? The former butchers, Mark Williams and Sons Ltd is the same company who had a branch on Orchard Street until a couple of years ago. Not sure what the corner shop was. Anyone?
Once again, most of what you will see in this weeks part 7 of the 60’s and 70’s Preston picture series has gone, never to return; however, there are still bits and pieces in some of the images that you may still recognise as being there in some form or other in the current day. In the above feature picture, the only remaining buildings are the ones on the west side of the lower end of what was North Road which is now called Church Row. Apart from those buildings there is just a portion of a building on the right which is just about currently in existence but has been vacant for some while.
Arkwright House on junction of Stoneygate & Syke Hill, Preston c.1972: Not a view which is far removed from what you would see from this angle in the present day but the shop to the left painted in red has the window bricked up. Notice that to the right, the small white building is the Shepherd Street Mission premises at that time.
St Mary’s School, St. Mary’s Street, Preston c.1972: Another good old building which still remains to this day. Did any of the readers attend this school and if so, do you have any particular memories of the place?
Veiw from Tulketh Brow of former Lancaster Canal basin, Preston 1976: The canal certainly appeared to be popular then, with all the boats moored to at the banks. You also have a view of Progress, Shelley and Brookhouse Mills there in the background.
Kent Street Mill, Kent Street, Preston c.1978: I wouldn’t mind betting that there will be quite a few readers who worked at Bateson’s Bottling plant at some time or other. Did you?
Rear of Thithebarn Street, now known as the Grassy Knoll, Preston c.1978: Well, this one is quite unbelievable really! Only considering that the Bus Station is in the background can I recognise the location of this mess of old buildings. There will be those who will know that the building to the left side, faces Crooked Lane and that it was once the premises of the Theatre Snack Bar, a place I am informed that did the most amazing bacon barm cakes. I discovered that the building in the centre of the picture was at one time, probably owned by a brewery to dry barley, hops or similar.
St. Ignatius Central School, St. Ignatius Square, Preston c.1968: This was the St. Ignatius secondary modern school of its time. Way back in time up to 1965 you could start your education at the infants school, then on to primary school (one for girls and one for boys) then on to the Central School for boys or Senior Girls School for the girls; unless of course if you passed the 11+ exam then boys could go to Catholic College and Girls to Lark Hill Convent School.
The North Western public house., Church Street, Preston c.1975: This public house has had a great many names since it was built in the early 1840’s. Its present day name of ‘The Bear’s Paw’ is actually the name it started off with originally.
Coal Concentration Depot, Deepdale Street, Preston c.1972: Interestingly enough, this building used to be a terminus station for the Preston and Longridge Railway. On the land which the building once stood you can still find the original footprint of this former station if you search around a little among the overgrown vegetation.
View of Goss Printers from Steam Mill with Canal & Railway, Preston c.1972: It looks rather strange to see the railway running over the canal in this picture. My granddad worked at Goss Printing Presses; did any readers work there or have relatives who did?
Thomas Street, Preston c.1970: This is a half and half thing really as all the houses on the left side where swept away but those on the right side and in the distance still remain today.
Avenham Multi-Storey Flats, from Stoneygate, Preston 1967: Not entirely a view you can see today as the path of Stoneygate changed with the restructuring of the area. Nowadays, Stoneygate leads all the way to Church Street on the path of the former St. John’s Place.
Butler Street Goods Warehouse from East Cliff Road, Preston c.1977: This view is virtually unrecognisable now as the large warehouses are no longer there and instead you would see Fishergate car park and the shopping centre. Only the houses to the right remain to this day.
Moor Park Mill, St. George’s Road, Preston c.1970: Another former mill which has been swept away to make way for a modern warehouse. The location of the former mill was about halfway between Garstang Road and St. Paul’s Road and on the north side of St. George’s Road.
Steam Mill and Thorn Company, Fylde Road, Preston 1972: A great picture of the old former Steam Mill which has now long gone. To the left you can see the Thorn Lighting building, a very busy workplace at one time. Anyone work there?
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?