This category relates to all things to do with history in Preston.Preston in the Middle Ages, priests, lepers and friars
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 […]1 month ago Death, disease and murder in Victorian Preston
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 […]1 month ago Black to the Future 2023 event to showcase Preston’s achievers of African heritage
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 […]1 month ago Preston in 1965, the beginnings of the modern world?
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 […]1 month ago Advertisement Advertisement Old Preston as depicted by Edwin Beattie, what still survives?
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 […]2 months ago Preston plans and schemes, more lost railways and the original M6 plans
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 […]2 months ago Preston’s week in the BBC Breakfast spotlight with Dan Snow and railway chaos
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 […]2 months ago Talk to explore the pain of Windrush for Preston’s Caribbean community
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 […]2 months ago Most Discussed