Preston in the 16th century, family feuds and Government spies

16th century map of Lancashire Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston in the 16th century was a rural backwater, far from the centre of Government. Consequently, Preston remained a Catholic bastion long after the Protestant reformation. Its isolated location and […]

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The Freckleton air disaster, 61 killed as Bomber crashes on the village

Funeral for victims of the Freckleton air disaster Pic: Warfare History Network World War II in Preston One of the worst air disasters of World War II occurred near Warton Aerodrome in 1944. The Fylde coast and Preston were spared most of […]

1 week ago
Preston’s trams then and now, a light rail future?

Horse-drawn tram from the 1880s Pic: Preston Digital Archive Work on creating a new tram network in Preston continues. The city should be joining Manchester, Blackpool and Birmingham in having its own system. Earlier this year, Preston Trampower acquired […]

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Historical youth provision in Preston, what happened to the bad kids?

The Victorian school experience Pic: Up until the 20th century the word ‘teenager’ did not exist. In fact it was not until the Second World War that the term began to stick. Before that children […]

3 weeks ago
Advertisement Advertisement December 1830, Radicals take Preston!

Henry Hunt Pic: Preston Digital Archive The taking of Preston by a radical in 1830 was a shock of monumental proportions. Unexpected by the aristocracy, it ended the long standing domination of the Stanley family in […]

1 month ago
The sad demise of Preston Guild Hall and the origins of the Guild

Preston Guild Hall Pic: Tripadvisor The future for Preston Guild Hall looks in doubt as legal wrangles continue over this now closed venue. Once a revolutionary building, has the Guild Hall had its day? The […]

1 month ago
From stagecoaches to the first motorway, roads around Preston

Blackpool Road in the 1950s Pic: Preston Digital Archive Toll roads  The early roads around Preston were notorious for being impassable in winter. Ruts of up to four feet deep could be found on the Wigan Road. Consequently, the […]

2 months ago
Preston’s Empire Theatre, a palace of dreams?

Empire Theatre in 1920 Pic: Preston Digital Archive The history of the Empire Theatre in Preston reflects all the changes in 20th century culture and entertainment. Beginning as a music hall and ending as a short lived bingo hall, […]

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