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

Preston in the Middle Ages, priests, lepers and friars

The old St John’s Church; this was the previous building before rebuilding in the 1850s Pic: Preston Digital Archive 900 years ago, religion dominated the lives of medieval Prestonians. Much land in the area was owned by the parish church and the church had almost three times the wealth […]

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Death, disease and murder in Victorian Preston

A damaged locomotive Pic: Wikimedia There were many ways to die in Victorian Preston; everything from exploding locomotives to cholera and murder were reported in the local press. Knowledge of disease was limited until the […]

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Black to the Future 2023 event to showcase Preston’s achievers of African heritage

Attendees at a past Black to the Future event Black to the Future is a celebratory event organised by Preston Black History Group in Black History Month in October every year. The event celebrates and showcases the achievements of […]

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Preston in 1965, the beginnings of the modern world?

Two children survey the still working Docks in 1965 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston in 1965 was a strange mixture of ancient and modern; steam trains still plied through the station, while the UK’s first KFC was opened. The locomotive above is a […]

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Advertisement Advertisement Old Preston as depicted by Edwin Beattie, what still survives?

Patten House, demolished in 1835, by Edwin Beattie Edwin Beattie depicted Preston with an olde-worlde charm that belied the hardships of the era. He sometimes used artistic licence to improve a composition, therefore the images should not be […]

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Preston plans and schemes, more lost railways and the original M6 plans

The M6 Samlesbury junction rebuild, 1993 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Studying old plans can lead to interesting discoveries. One such discovery reveals another of Preston’s lost railways. Also, the origin of the UK’s motorways goes back further than you might […]

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Preston’s week in the BBC Breakfast spotlight with Dan Snow and railway chaos

Dan Snow was on BBC Breakfast and gave insight into Preston's important role down the centuries Pic: BBC Breakfast Preston has been experiencing its place in the BBC Breakfast spotlight this week. The city first appeared after being the subject of hundreds of people becoming stuck at Preston Station […]

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Talk to explore the pain of Windrush for Preston’s Caribbean community

Old photo of Empire Windrush A Preston Historical Society talk will tell the stories of the city’s Caribbean community. The community, which has lived in Preston for over 70 years, has faced challenges and enjoyed […]

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