News and information about the Friargate area of Preston, Lancashire. Friargate is a key corridor between the city centre and the university campus, home to many shops and a growing amount of student flats.

Transformation of neglected part of Preston continues with Christmas food, drink and entertainment pop-up

Ben Casey, Christine Cort and Neil Thornton Pic: Oliver White The exciting transformation of a neglected part of Preston continues at pace, with a Christmas food, drink and entertainment pop-up heralding the launch of a major new venue in the city. Chew’s […]

3 months ago
Preston’s 1830s Irish community, “a less civilised population spreading themselves” 

Evictions during the Irish potato famine, 1848 Pic: Preston Digital Archive The lead image shows tenants being evicted during the Irish Potato Famine of 1848. Over one million died of starvation and many left Ireland. Some came to Preston. However, Preston […]

3 months ago
Review: The Preston Brew Bar that really goes to Town on its breakfasts

Townhouse cooked breakfast This week a friend and I visited Town House Cafe and Brew Bar for lunch. Situated on Friargate in the City Centre, it’s one of the businesses that are still […]

3 months ago
Local housing plan deadline must be hit to avoid building free-for-all

New homes on Hoyles Lane The race is on for Preston, South Ribble and Chorley councils to complete years of work that will determine where and how many new houses are built in each area […]

4 months ago
Advertisement Advertisement ‘Pauline in yellow dress’ mural adorns wall of Friargate pub

Pauline in the yellow dress re-created in mural form Pic: Shawn Sharpe The iconic Preston painting - which hangs in the Harris - has been given a modern makeover in Shawn Sharpe's latest creation.

4 months ago
Live action horror experience opens in Preston City Centre

Fire dancer outside Fear Factory Live on the opening night A live action horror experience has launched in Preston City Centre. Fear Factory Live, which is based in Gateway Bar in Friargate, is described as “scare maze meets immersive theatre”. […]

4 months ago
Wilko in Preston city centre closes

Wilko in Friargate Pic: Paul Ridyard Wilko has closed its doors in Preston city centre after the firm fell into administration. The Friargate store had its final day of trading on Tuesday (3 October). The shutters […]

5 months ago
Lancashire County Council issues Friargate development update

Friargate Pic: Lancashire County Council Lancashire County Council has issued an update on the Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme. Work to pedestrianise Friargate began in May 2022, and was originally scheduled to finish in March […]

5 months ago
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