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

Civil War part two: Hoghton Tower destroyed

The Battle of Preston Pic: Harris Museum Wikimedia After Preston fell to the Parliamentarians in 1643, the escaped Gilbert Hoghton was pursued to Hoghton Tower. Captain Sharkey the Parliamentarian commander, approached the stronghold with trepidation. Importantly, several cannon […]

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Civil War part one: Preston falls to Parliamentary forces in 1643

English Civil War by Chris Collingwood. The painting is not of Preston but gives an idea of the style of dress and the look of the Ribble bridge Brother fights brother as war erupts in Lancashire. Preston was often the centre of battles due to its strategic position on the North-South road to Scotland. Furthermore, early on during […]

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Discovering Preston’s former cinema sites (part three)

Over the past month, I’ve been discovering some of Preston’s former cinema sites with the aid of local historian John Cotterall’s book ‘Preston’s Palaces of Pleasure’. It has been wonderful […]

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River Ribble Expo – A Liquid History project could go ahead if funding granted

Preston's skyline as viewed from the River Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall The National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF) has given Mirador and the Ribble Rivers Trust the go-ahead to submit a development application with the aim of delivering the full, ambitious programme […]

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Advertisement Advertisement Dunkirk evacuees treated at Whittingham Hospital – later, scandal

Whittingham Asylum Pic: Opacity Whittingham Hospital near Grimsargh was once the largest mental institution in the country. It was also used in both world wars, to treat soldiers. Whittingham eventually became like a small […]

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Discovering Preston’s former cinema sites (part two)

Last month I posted the first part in my quest to locate some of Preston’s former cinema sites. At the height of the cinema boom, Preston boasted 22 cinemas, inspiring […]

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Joseph Livesey: Preston’s greatest social reformer or Preston’s greatest killjoy… or both?

Joseph Livesey People often say to me: “You must be fun at parties,” which is baffling, because I genuinely am not. In this though, I like to think I’ve found a kindred […]

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Explore the 150-year history of Preston’s Whittingham Asylum thanks to two year project

The launch of Whittingham Lives new website is the legacy of a two-year arts and heritage project that explored the 150-year history of Whittingham Asylum in Preston. The project researched and critically […]

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