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New history documentaries highlight Cottam Hall and Lancashire’s Haydock family

A local history buff has covered Cottam Hall and the Haydock family in two new documentaries. Former Preston teacher Gary Cunliffe, who has produced history films on Courtauld’s factory and Fulwood, recently discovered […]

3 days ago
Black Romans, the first Africans in Lancashire

Historical images of Black people Pic: History Extra Who were the earliest Black settlers in Lancashire? An ancient skeleton of African descent was discovered in East Kent in 1953. The body dated from around 250 AD. The Roman […]

4 days ago
Tornado steam train spotted at Preston and Bamber Bridge Railway Stations

The Tornado steam train today visited Preston and Bamber Bridge Railway Stations to the delight of residents. The LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado is a steam locomotive completed in […]

1 week ago
Life as a slave in Preston and the North West in the 18th and 19th centuries

Painting of Joseph Emidy playing for the aristocracy What was life like as a slave in Preston and Lancashire? Little survives of individual records for Black people in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries. However a few parish records […]

2 weeks ago
Advertisement Advertisement ‘UK’s third most haunted property’ Hoghton Tower to host Halloween ghost tours

Preston’s Hoghton Tower is this month hosting Halloween ghost tours for adventurous visitors. Hoghton Tower, a 16th-century house near Preston, is known as one of Britain’s most haunted houses, earning […]

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A cosmopolitan society – Preston in the 1950s, 60s and 70s

Men in the 1960s Pic: Dawn Labour shortages are nothing new in Britain. For example, in 1962 there was, you guessed it, an acute shortage of labour for transport and in the health sector. Consequently immigrants […]

3 weeks ago
Preston Black History Group to host a month of entertaining and informative events

This Black History Month, Preston Black History Group (PBHG) will be hosting a series of events at Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose Street, Preston. On Tuesday, 5 October, the […]

3 weeks ago
Toll Bar Cottage in Broughton officially opened by Mayor of Preston

The Mayor of Preston officially opened Toll Bar Cottage yesterday (Sunday 3 October). He was treated to coffee and a slice of cake and shown the extensive work that has […]

3 weeks ago
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