Two cotton magnates dominated Preston in the 18th and 19th centuries: John Watson and John Horrocks. Watson ‘imported’ child labour from London to work in his factories. The ‘Wat apprentices’ […]5 days ago Historic maps reveal Preston’s long lost buildings and rivers
Maps are a great way of seeing how Preston has developed over the last 350 years, revealing some long lost buildings and rivers. The map above shows the original core […]2 weeks ago Preston’s lost leper hospital and friary
Once lepers were shunned as cursed by God, often the only help they received came from the Church! Religion dominated the lives of medieval people in Preston. For example, the […]3 weeks ago The story of a night soil man in medieval Preston, John takes a tumble
Before public drainage, the only way to empty the cess pits and privies used by most houses was to deploy a wheelbarrow and shovel! Medieval Preston was small and largely […]4 weeks ago Advertisement Advertisement Red Scar House, lost stations and a lost mansion
The story of Red Scar Manor is a romantic tale of a lost mansion and a now defunct railway. Once there was a rich lawyer who wanted to be Lord […]1 month ago Shipbuilding in Preston, a dangerous occupation?
Shipbuilding in Preston arguably goes back to prehistoric times as log boats were uncovered during the building of the new docks, in the 1890s. The Romans sailed up the Ribble […]1 month ago Preston’s lost canal, drunk on the packet boats
Preston once had a canal that terminated just off Fishergate. The Lancaster Canal still exists but now stops by Aqueduct Street in Ashton-on-Ribble. Trade was brisk as coal headed north, […]2 months ago Civil War part two: Hoghton Tower destroyed
After Preston fell to the Parliamentarians in 1643, the escaped Gilbert Hoghton was pursued to Hoghton Tower. Captain Sharkey the Parliamentarian commander, approached the stronghold with trepidation. Importantly, several cannon […]2 months ago Most Discussed