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How Ingol’s social history is being explored

Posted on - 11th January, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Ingol, Nostalgia, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Ingol homes being built Pic: Norman Askew
Ingol homes being built Pic: Norman Askew

Those who live in Ingol, or have lived in the area, are being asked to share their memories.

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The part of Preston, which borders Cottam, Ashton-on-Ribble and Lea has a rich history and the Harris Museum wants to explore it.

Two events are being later in January for people to come along and share their stories, memories and views on the area as it has changed.

Former Ingol councillor and Liberal Democract group leader Bill Shannon is one of those leading the project.

He said: “Back in the nineteenth century, just 80 people lived in Ingol: today, there’s more than 7000. First there were just a few scattered farmhouses: then there was a little bit of development pre-war, but that was nothing compared to the housing explosion after 1962.

“Do you remember the old Barn at Tag Farm? What about the new police station in Granton Walk? Were you there at 9am on 27th August 1968, when Ingol Community Primary School opened for the first time?

“Whether you were one of the original inhabitants, or whether you moved in one of the early waves of incomers, we’d love to capture your memories.”

On the canal at Ingol Pic: Preston Historical Society
On the canal at Ingol Pic: Preston Historical Society

The Harris is particularly keen to see any pictures from the Ingol community.

Any memories and photos will develop an exhibition using Harris collections at the Ingol library and Intact Centre later in the Spring.

Decorative art curator Caroline Alexander said: “This will be one of several events we’re doing at libraries across the city.

“We would love to hear stories about the streets, shops and more around here. I would especially like to see any old photographs.”

The two free events to share memories are at the Intact centre on Wednesday 23 January from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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The second is on Saturday 26 January at Ingol library from 11am to 12noon. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and Bill Shannon will be the host.

Anyone who needs more information, or who wants to contribute to the project but can’t make the meetings can call the Harris on 01772905411 or email C.Alexander@preston.gov.uk

You can also share your memories of Ingol in the comments below

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