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Preston’s Town Halls, colourised images, fire and a new age

Edwardian postcard of Preston market square Pic: Preston Digital Archive This is part two of a series on Preston’s Town Halls. Read part one: Preston, a self governing city state and a tale of four Town Halls After the collapse […]

5 months ago
Preston, a self governing city state and a tale of four Town Halls

The original medieval Town Hall complex Pic: The Harris This is part one of a two-part article on Preston’s Town Halls. Early charter towns such as Preston had a form of local government that allowed for a lot of […]

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Preston goes Inter-City Electric… eventually

B.R. Float, Preston Guild 1972 Pic: Preston Digital Archive The year 2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the electrification of the West Coast Main Line through Preston. The London to Glasgow travel time was reduced to five hours. The […]

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Preston in 1929 a pivotal year, depression and contraction

An aerial view of Preston in 1929 Pic: Preston Digital Archive The year 1929 was a pivotal year both locally and nationally. One of Preston’s Liberal MPs William Jowitt changed sides and caused a by-election to be held in July 1929. […]

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The long life of the recently demolished Preston Odeon cinema

The Odeon cinema in the mid 1960s Pic: Preston Digital Archive 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 […]

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Preston’s lost garages and what is left of the West Lancashire line?

Bradshaw’s Garage in Marsh Lane Pic: Preston Digital Archive 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 […]

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Preston’s 1830s Irish community, “a less civilised population spreading themselves” 

Evictions during the Irish potato famine, 1848 Pic: Preston Digital Archive 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 […]

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Preston in the early 1970s, apples at 10p per pound, hats and cigarettes

Preston Market in 1972 Pic: Richard Jackson 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 […]

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