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Winckley Square memories: Call to share photos and stories about historic Preston square

Posted on - 15th June, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
From top left clockwise: Winckley Square from above in 1926, St Joseph's Church in the 1922 Guild, Preston Catholic College in 1978 (Richard McDowell), Chapel Street in 1911. All pics Preston Digital Archive unless stated.

From top left clockwise: Winckley Square from above in 1926, St Joseph’s Church in the 1922 Guild (Louise Hunter), Preston Catholic College in 1978 (Richard McDowell), Chapel Street in 1911. All pics Preston Digital Archive unless stated.

Want to share your memories of Preston’s historic Georgian Square?

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Old photographs, memories and more of Winckley Square are being pinned up and collected for a new book about the area.

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The Square is currently undergoing a £1.2m restoration scheme, and estate agents have been reporting a surge in interest in people looking at property in Winckley Square.

A number of pictures have already been gathered via the Preston Digital Archive of the area.

The western boundary of the Square looking North in 1882 Pic: Preston Digital Archive

The western boundary of the Square looking North in 1882 Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Groundwork development officer Ruth Jenkins said: “We hope the people of Preston and beyond will join us to share their memories and stories of Winckley Square Gardens over the years. It’s really important to us to find out how the Gardens have influenced the culture and society of Preston over recent decades.

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“The history of the Gardens is very well documented up to the early 1900s, but after that the records are a lot scarcer. This is a real opportunity for people to share what Winckley Square Gardens means to them and what it reminds them of.

“It would be great to hear from people who got married nearby and had their photos taken in the Square, or reminiscences of what happened in the Gardens during the Second World War.

“It might be the place a couple went on their first date or a family went to for a picnic every summer, or more recently about people spending their working lives in and around it.”

The Winckley Square Memories event runs from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 18 June.

Anyone unable to make it along can email their memories or pictures to ruth.jenkins@groundwork.co.uk or tweet them to @winckleysquare

What are your memories of the Square? Do you live and work there now? Let us know in the comments below

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