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

Preston Black History Group recognised for Windrush book

Preston’s Black History Group Chair Clinton Smith with UCLan’s Jenny Webster and Professor Alan Rice at the book launch A Preston community history book has received national recognition. “England is my Home” Windrush Lives in Lancashire was highly commended by the Alan Ball Local History Awards 2022. The award […]

3 months ago
Sharoe Green hospital and life as nurse in the 1960s

Sharoe Green Hospital when it was a workhouse Pic: Sharoe Green Hospital began life as a workhouse, in 1869, and was still used as a workhouse hospital until 1929. Preston Borough Council owned and operated it until the NHS […]

3 months ago
Spitfire to be on Preston’s Flag Market for Battle of Britain event

The Spitfire Visitor Centre based at Blackpool are providing the aircraft Pic: Andy Bell/Hangar 42 A commemoration of the Battle of Britain will take place in Preston city centre. Beginning with a parade through to the Flag Market to remember the sacrifices made in the […]

3 months ago
Preston’s ‘dismal, dilapidated’ station and the early railways

Preston's first station in 1860 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston’s first railway entered the town in October 1838. There was much celebration as the journey time from Preston to Wigan was reduced to half an hour compared to three […]

3 months ago
Advertisement Advertisement How the Harris Museum’s ancient Greek figures were cleaned

Harris statues after being cleaned Pic: Conlon Construction/BBC LDRS Take more than a dozen intricately-crafted statues, place them at the most inaccessible point atop one of Preston’s most famous buildings – and what have you got? For one thing, […]

3 months ago
Chance to explore secret Cold War bunker on edge of Preston

The Brindle bunker site Pic: Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days are giving the opportunity to explore a secret Cold War Bunker just outside Preston. Part of a network of more than 1,000 small underground bunkers built to […]

4 months ago
Preston’s fire brigade and the Bloomfield Mill disaster

Preston Fire Station in Tithebarn Street, 1896 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Preston’s first fire station was built in 1852 and was in use until 1962. Prior to the founding of municipal fire brigades, fire crews, and appliances were provided by voluntary […]

4 months ago
Heritage Open Days in Preston 2023: What’s happening and when

The Old Tram Bridge spans the River Ribble at Avenham Park Pic: Stephen Melling The history and heritage of Preston is being explored this September as Heritage Open Days return. From exploring the city’s suburbs to going behind the scenes at the waste-collection service […]

4 months ago
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