Prehistoric Preston, ice dams and a glacial lake

For over 50,000 years, most of Britain was covered by a thick sheet of ice. Only the south was free of this bleak polar desert. Notably, the English Channel did […]

4 days ago
Young Preston man attacks Samuel Horrocks with meat cleaver, 1823

Early 19th century Workers Pic: Historic England On a fine Sunday in 1823, Andrew Ryding, a young man of Preston, decided to attack one of the largest mill owners in the town, with a blunted meat cleaver.  […]

2 weeks ago
The famous historian AJP Taylor’s Communist Preston upbringing

AJP Taylor in 1976: Pic BBC The renowned historian and TV presenter AJP Taylor was brought up in Preston, by his ardently socialist parents. Paradoxically his father was partner in Bute Mill, once of Essex Street, […]

3 weeks ago
Courtaulds, rayon replaces cotton as Preston takes the lead

A worker in the Courtaulds factory, 1972 Pi: Courtaulds For 40 years the Courtaulds factory dominated the outskirts of Preston. At its peak over 4,000 people worked there. The factory was a pioneer of employing Muslim workers, and its […]

4 weeks ago
Advertisement Advertisement Ribble Motor Services and the battle of the buses

The distinctive cherry red and ivory livery was a common site in the North West and beyond Pic: Wikimedia Ribble Motor Services was one of the biggest bus operators in the North West, if not the country. By the time they were bought by Stagecoach, in 1988, they had […]

1 month ago
Edwardian Preston, trade advertisements, and a brief history of pants

W & J Turner, coal merchants Pic: Preston Digital Archive The Preston Digital Archive has a fascinating collection of old trade advertisements from local guides and newspapers. Most magazines carried advertisements for everything from underwear to quack cold remedies. Here […]

1 month ago
Hoghton Tower, a place of rebellion, gambling and royalty

The 1565 gatehouse, looking back down the driveway Pic: Geoff Whittaker Hoghton Tower has a long history stretching back to the 12th century. The building has seen attacks by Parliamentarian troops and visits from the King. Sir Henry Philip De Hoghton gambled […]

2 months ago
Preston on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, 1774

Penwortham Bridge by Edwin Beattie Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston was founded as a market town and was still largely agricultural, on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution. The American War of Independence was coming to a close and […]

2 months ago
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