Ionic Ferry entering Preston Docks c. 1976: It must have been fantastic to watch such large sea vessels arriving in at Preston Docks on a regular basis. The only one I recall is the arrival and departure of the Manxman which was used as a night club in the 80’s.
This weeks look at times gone by in Preston sees some remarkable shots of some places that I have never actually seen in person and one or two that I vaguely remember. I’m hoping that there will be some readers who can tell me more of some of the images here. One of those particular images is the one immediately below which was the original fire station in Preston. I have seen quite a few pictures of this place among the images of Preston Digital Archive along with some very good information too. I would love to know what, if anything, you remember about Preston’s fire station on Tithebarn Street.
Former Fire Station,Tithebarn Street, Preston c.1967: To end-up as a car valeting service establishment seems a little sad and mundane for this lovely and exciting place to become. Do you recall these premises before it was demolished to build the Central Bus Station?
Larkhill Street, Preston c.1966: I had a look at a recent street view on Google Maps and was quite surprised to see that very little has changed in this scene other than an extension to the Larkhill school building in the background.
Central Bus Station under construction,Preston c.1969: It is strange to think that the people building this enormous concrete structure could not have conceived at the time, what a quandary to future generations the Central Bus Station would create, let alone the fact that it would one day become a listed building.
Easter in Miller Park, Preston 1970: Another fine shot of Miller Park here with the grass looking very green indeed. No burger vans or novelty stalls and such on the walkway along the top; however, people still appear to be enjoying themselves and having a lovely time. Anyone remember a scene like this?
Bradys Record Shop, Crystal House, Preston: What a fabulous picture this is, and I believe that this line-up of gents and leggy girls from 1972 are the staff and management of Brady’s Music Shop at that time. Recognise anyone?
Primrose Mill off London Road, Primrose Hill, Preston 1971: I am pleased to inform those who do not already know, that this grand old former cotton mill has survived to this day and is now the premises for artists exhibiting their arts and crafts in ‘The Big Mill’ as it is now known. Great to see that the place still has a good purpose don’t you think?
Shelley Road Mill from Aquaduct St with Old Lancaster Lane c.1972: Shelley Road Mill has disappeared from view on this scene but the company of Plumbs has kept the mill on the right as their works place. To the left is the Lancaster Canal terminus point but at one time there was an aqueduct across Aqueduct Street at a point just to the lower left of this image, which took the canal over to the Wharf on Corporation Street.
Walkers Court, Friargate, Preston c.1972: There are shops here that I am sure some of you will recall, especially Dancing Daughters. In the centre of the image is Walker’s Court, a small passageway leading to what was a densely populated number of residences where it is recorded that in the mid 1800’s there were 39 people living there in several cottages hidden away in this winding passageway.
Larkhill Lake and Wood 1965: Doesn’t this look wonderfully tranquil? I am told that ‘boating’ on Larkhill Lake was quite commonplace at one time when the school was run by nuns, and of course, it would have been a regular pastime for Samuel Horrockses family when they lived at Larkhill House.
Larkhill School 1966: formerly Larkhill House and chapel, the house of the cotton mill owner Samuel Horrocks. This view has changed somewhat over the years. It is interesting to compare this scene to how it looks nowadays.
Rear of Coupes wool shop (Orchard Street), Lowthian Street, Preston 1979: These premises may have changed hands over the years gone by but the building looks very similar at the rear today as it did then. The firm of Coupes also had premises on Church Street at the time this image was captured.
Deepdale Mill Street Level Crosssing, Preston c.1972: Apart from the railway lines, there is nothing left whatsoever to what you see in this image in the present day. The site of the gatekeepers house and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hotel to the left, is now occupied by a school.
Demolition of Joshua Margerisons, Leighton Street, Preston c.1978: Joshua Margerisons was famous for their ‘White Windsor’ soap of which you can view samples in the Discover Preston gallery of the Harris Museum.
A view of English Martyrs Church, Garstang Road, Preston c.1975: In the centre of this picture is the site of the B&Q car park and apart from the Moorbrook Inn the buildings to the left have all been demolished. It is quite interesting and noteworthy to spot the sign in front of the petrol station forecourt which informs us that petrol is 72 pence per gallon! …If only that was so today.
We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Makes you feel old doesn’t it?