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This category is for nostalgic posts reminiscing about the past.

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
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
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
Author dives into local history in new book ‘Celebrating Preston’

A Preston author has highlighted community history in a new book that celebrates local life. Keith Johnson, author of A-Z of Preston, Now That’s What I Call Preston, Preston at […]

1 month ago
Advertisement Advertisement Artwork depicting historic Preston building up for grabs at charity auction

An artwork depicting a historic Preston building will soon be available to buy at an upcoming auction. Artist Josephine Whitehead, classically trained at Durham University in the 1940s, sculpted and […]

1 month ago
Red Scar House, lost stations and a lost mansion

Red Scar House with original thatched cottage Pic: Preston Digital Archive The story of Red Scar Manor is a romantic tale of a lost mansion and a now defunct railway. Once there was a rich lawyer who wanted to be Lord […]

2 months ago
Preston’s lost canal, drunk on the packet boats

The canal basin just off Fishergate. Dereliction had set in by 1960. Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston once had a canal that terminated just off Fishergate. The Lancaster Canal still exists but now stops by Aqueduct Street in Ashton-on-Ribble. Trade was brisk as coal headed north, […]

3 months ago
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 […]

3 months ago
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