This category relates to all things to do with history in Preston.

Talk in Preston about historic diary saved from the incinerator

The Lancashire Distress - The Soup-Kitchen, Crooked Lane. Taken from The Illustrated London News Pic: Preston Digital Archive The next of Preston Historical Society’s monthly talks is about the diary of a Lancashire weaver. Luckily the document survived the days when material of immense value to future generations […]

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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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Samlesbury Hall unlocks new rooms to the public for first time in 700 years

Autumnal Samlesbury Hall Samlesbuy Hall has unlocked new rooms to the public for the first time in 700 years. Dating back to 1325, the 14th century house is embracing the 21st century and […]

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Advertisement Advertisement 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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Save the date to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Preston Carnival

Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin Next year’s Preston Carnival will be a special one as it marks the iconic event’s 50th anniversary. Set to take place on the bank holiday weekend of Friday 24, Saturday […]

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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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The Harris celebrates 130th anniversary

The Harris community celebrating 130 Years The Harris has celebrated its 130th anniversary. The iconic cultural institution turned 130-years-old on 26 October. Back in 1893, the doors were opened by Lord Derby and eager visitors were welcomed […]

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