Preston Youth Zone work unearths old mill site and items dating back 300 years

Posted on - 17th June, 2024 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
An aerial view of the Preston Youth Zone site in Preston city centre Pic: Andrew Livesey

Remnants of Preston’s industrial heritage have been unearthed during work on the city’s new Youth Zone.

The new multi-million pound building is to stand on the corner of Tithebarn Street and Lord Street on what was a former mill site.

OnSide, the charity behind the Youth Zone, have seen archaeologists on site to dig as the foundations of the mill were revealed by the construction work.

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Items found include a coin from the 19th century and a ceramic bottle believed to date from the 18th century.

A Preston Youth Zone spokesperson said: “While Preston Youth Zone is all about the future and our young people, it really is interesting to see our great city’s history within our site. We’re excited to learn more about the history of the items.

“With this section of our activity on site coming to an end, we’ll soon be moving towards the beginning of construction and we’ll celebrate this milestone at the end of June when our Young People’s Development Group will reveal the Youth Zone’s new brand.”

Pictures below show the excavations and what was found during the dig – with a full archaeological report due in the coming weeks and a decision being made around how and where the items found will be preserved. See more about Preston’s history and heritage.

The Youth Zone is due to open during the course of 2025.

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