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Chingle Hall near Preston – monks, groans and things that go bump in the night

Skull Pic: Devanath / Pixabay The most haunted hall in England is only a stone’s throw from Preston. This 13th century moated manor house lies near Goosnargh village. Vikings once ruled here, with the name […]

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The disastrous Preston zoo, a Victorian folly?

Farringdon Park gates Once there stood a pleasure palace, green and magnificent, it was billed as “The most charming resort in Lancashire” – and it was in Preston. For a short time in […]

1 week ago
Hard Times in Preston in 1861: squalor, poverty and disease

Engraving c.1862 from The Illustrated London News detailing the construction of Moor Park - Preston was said to be the inspiration for Dickens 'Hard Times' Pic: Preston Digital Archive Gaslights stutter in the early morning gloom as a thousand clogs rattle on the cobbled street. Smokeswirls and another grim 14-hour day begins in the factories of the North. The […]

2 weeks ago
Looking at the history of the Ribble Steam Railway as it reopens for business

Steam train Pic: Geoffrey Whittaker The Ribble Steam Railway reopens this weekend (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May). New attractions include murals of famous locomotives. Images are by the author and were shot prior to […]

3 weeks ago
Advertisement Advertisement Battle of Preston re-enacted and what’s involved in it

A soldier kitted out and Jacobites in a kilt With the recent anniversary of the Battle of Preston much has been written of the battle itself. Not often explored is the role of re-enactors in such events. Here we […]

5 years ago
Cannons, statues and the Belverdere a short history of Avenham Park landmarks

The 'peace' cannon and the frog in Avenham Park The recent Heritage lottery funded restoration of Avenham and Miller parks has highlighted the presence of a number of art works that can be viewed when visiting. Some are better […]

5 years ago
A history of the ghost railway line running through Preston

Remains of the railway line can be seen scattered around the city Pic: Geoff Whittaker During November the approval was given for a tram test track to be operated in Preston. The plan to operate trams on the former Preston to Longridge branch has prompted renewed […]

5 years ago
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