Rare chance to see private gardens off Winckley Square

Posted on - 3rd September, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston News, What's On in Preston, Winckley Square
Socially distanced sun seeking in Winckley Square Pic: Tony Worrall
Winckley Square Pic: Tony Worrall

Prestonians are invited to ‘A Regency Promenade’ with Elaine Taylor, the Friends of Winckley Square garden historian.


Locals can hear how the gardens and surrounding area changed over time.

People are invited to stroll along Avenham Walk in the footsteps of those who enjoyed the same walk in the reign of William III in 1696. 

The event includes a one-off opportunity to visit two private gardens laid out in Georgian and Victorian times. Participants can experience the gardens of former and current residents for glimpses and insights into a rich but hidden heritage. They can then enjoy a cup of tea in the second garden. 

Read more: Winckley Square volunteers gearing up for guided walks to return for Heritage Open Days

Nikolaus Pevsner, in the North Lancashire edition of the ‘The Buildings of England’ (1969), said this about the area around Winckley Square:

“At Preston a really enjoyable perambulation … can be made. It is to explore the streets around Winckley Square. Preston is lucky to have a square, not only so large, but also on such attractively undulating terrain. To have this quarter so near the centre is the rarest of advantages.”

There are two walks on 12 September. Places are limited.

You can book here:



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