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Preston teetotal history and prehistoric heritage to be explored at UCLan MET sessions

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) at UCLan's Adelphi Square Pic: UCLan Two free events exploring two different elements of Preston’s history and heritage are taking place at the city’s university in the next week. The MET (Mobile Event Tent) is parking […]

10 months ago
Livesey and Toulmin, Preston press barons and entrepreneurs

The cheese company brochure cover from 1905 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Whereas Walton-le-Dale born Joseph Livesey (1794 -1884) is best known as a social reformer, he was also a businessman. In 1816 he went into partnership with John Toulmin and founded […]

10 months ago
Preston and the communications revolution

Preston Telephone Exchange 1918 Pic: Preston Digital Archive Few know that the electrical communications revolution began in the 19th century. By the 1870s the wealthy could telegraph New York to book a hotel and then hop on a […]

2 years ago
December 1830, Radicals take Preston!

Henry Hunt Pic: Preston Digital Archive The taking of Preston by a radical in 1830 was a shock of monumental proportions. Unexpected by the aristocracy, it ended the long standing domination of the Stanley family in […]

3 years ago
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Joseph Livesey: Preston’s greatest social reformer or Preston’s greatest killjoy… or both?

Joseph Livesey People often say to me: “You must be fun at parties,” which is baffling, because I genuinely am not. In this though, I like to think I’ve found a kindred […]

3 years ago
UCLan founder’s descendant graduates from Preston’s university

Roger at his graduation, holding a painting of ancestor Joseph Livesey Roger at his graduation, holding a painting of ancestor Joseph Livesey A Chorley man has graduated from the University of Central Lancashire 190 years after his great-great-great grandfather helped establish the institution. Roger […]

6 years ago
Preston monument to teetotalism is now listed

The monument to abstinence is in Preston Cemetery Pic: Tony Worrall You wouldn’t think it during a Saturday night in Church Street but Preston is the place where teetotalism began. […]

6 years ago
Missing Joseph Livesey plaque turns up on auction site in Netherlands

The Joseph Livesey plaque was listed as 'unknown gentleman' Pic: CataWiki The Joseph Livesey plaque was listed as ‘unknown gentleman’ Pic: CataWiki Mystery surrounds how a portrait of one of Preston’s most famous sons ended up being auctioned by someone in […]

6 years ago
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