The now-demolished ex-Odeon cinema on Church Street has a long and fascinating history. It opened in 1928 as the New Victoria Theatre and was in a prime location in the […]6 days ago Preston’s lost garages and what is left of the West Lancashire line?
There are some interesting connections between early motor car makers and the railways in Preston. In the early 20th century Preston had a good number of motor car garages. It […]2 weeks ago Preston’s 1830s Irish community, “a less civilised population spreading themselves”
The lead image shows tenants being evicted during the Irish Potato Famine of 1848. Over one million died of starvation and many left Ireland. Some came to Preston. However, Preston […]3 weeks ago Preston in the early 1970s, apples at 10p per pound, hats and cigarettes
Preston in the early 1970s was still in the thrall of redevelopment with large swathes of the town looking like bomb sites. The lead image shows the thriving market. Notable […]4 weeks ago Advertisement Advertisement Preston in the 1840s, new railways and old problems
The year 1846 was an important year in Preston. It was the year that the Blackburn and Preston Railway opened. It was also a period of deprivation among the working […]1 month ago Preston in the Middle Ages, priests, lepers and friars
900 years ago, religion dominated the lives of medieval Prestonians. Much land in the area was owned by the parish church and the church had almost three times the wealth […]1 month ago Death, disease and murder in Victorian Preston
There were many ways to die in Victorian Preston; everything from exploding locomotives to cholera and murder were reported in the local press. Knowledge of disease was limited until the […]2 months ago Preston in 1965, the beginnings of the modern world?
Preston in 1965 was a strange mixture of ancient and modern; steam trains still plied through the station, while the UK’s first KFC was opened. The locomotive above is a […]2 months ago Most Discussed