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Winckley Square guided walks to celebrate International Women’s Day

Posted on - 2nd March, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, History, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston, Winckley Square
Minnie, one of the extraordinary women to star in the guided walks
Minnie, one of the extraordinary women to star in the guided walks

A special series of Winckley Square guided walks is taking place to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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The walks, which are dedicated to the women of Winckley Square, will take place this month in honour of International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March.

A walk titled Preston’s Most Famous Suffragette will explore where Edith Rigby was born, married and lived.

This walk will take place on Wednesday 6 March at 10am, and will last around two hours.

A view of the new look Winckley Square which took most of 2016 to complete Pic: Tony Worrall
A view of the centre of Winckley Square Pic: Tony Worrall

The Extraordinary Women of Winckley Square walk will tell the stories of women including Frances Winckley, who rode alongside the Duke of Wellington inspecting the troops after Waterloo, and the accountant who ended up on Hitler’s hit list.

There are two opportunities to join this walk – Friday 8 March and Sunday 10 March. These walks will start at 2pm and last just over an hour.

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In addition, the popular Former Residents of Winckley Square walk will take place on Wednesday 6 March at 2pm and Sunday 17 March at 2pm.

During this walk stories are shared about the Georgian Square’s famous and infamous early residents. Scandalous stories abound, such as the dentist who had two fatalities in his chair and tried to commit election fraud, yet still became Mayor of Preston.

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All walks start in the centre of Winckley Square gardens, and can be booked via Eventbrite. For any queries contact patricia@winckley.org.uk or follow the Friends of Winckley Square Gardens on Facebook.

Will you be joining any of the walks? Let us know in the comments below.

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