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This category is for nostalgic posts reminiscing about the past.

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 […]

1 week ago
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 […]

2 weeks ago
Railway chaos in Preston, a station too far?

Preston Station in 1962 Pic: Cedric Greenwood Early railway activity in Preston involved a plethora of companies, stations and lines, none of which cooperated with each other! Railway company feuds and a tale of two (or more) […]

4 weeks ago
Discovering Preston’s former cinema sites (part one)

Like many, I have long been fascinated by films, the cinema, and my family’s stories of cinema-going. I remember the distinctive sound of the Pearl and Dean introduction at the […]

1 month ago
Advertisement Advertisement The disastrous Preston zoo, a Victorian folly?

Farringdon Park gates Once there stood a pleasure palace, green and magnificent, it was billed as “The most charming resort in Lancashire” – and it was in Preston. For a short time in […]

1 month ago
The dark goings on at 3 Fox Street in Preston as it stands abandoned

Road closure in St Wilfrids Street Pic: Preston City Council The unsafe building at 3 Fox Street allegedly has a seriously spooky history – one which you wouldn’t expect. A temporary road closure is in place in Preston city centre due to […]

3 months ago
Gritty memories of growing up in Preston penned by local poet

Darren Hobson Preston-born poet Darren Hobson has published new work that shares his memories of growing up in and around the town during the 1970s and beyond. Locations in Avenham, Penwortham and […]

6 months ago
Pictures show inside St Joseph’s Orphanage with urban explorer Lost Places & Forgotten Faces

St Joseph’s Orphanage opened in Preston in 1872 on the site of a former almshouse. Its construction was funded by a £10,000 donation from a wealthy widow named Maria Holland. […]

6 months ago
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