History

The Wooden Spoon Cut Throat tour in September taking in Preston's murderous past

Wooden Spoons Theatre Bring Cut Throat Tour To Preston.

You may have been on ghost walks or historical tours before, but few have explored the rich heritage of Preston. This city, at the heart of Lancashire, has its shadows, shame and silent sunder. This Autumn Wooden Spoons Theatre presents sixteen nights of unique and immersive drama, as we travel back two hundred years to bring to life Preston’s violent past. Two highly animated story […]

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The group visit the former Mount Street Hospital

Open City Preston: Event explores the empty buildings of the city centre

On Friday and Saturday, ‘In Certain Places’ hosted ‘Open City Preston 2013’, an event to explore the issue of empty buildings in Preston’s city centre. I went along to Friday’s mobile conference to see what they had to say. The day’s events began with an introduction to the project by Uclan’s Pro Vice Chancellor Rod Dubrow Marshall in one of Uclan’s lecture theatres. The first […]

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Arthur Devis - (1712 - 1787)

Notable People of Preston: Arthur Devis 1712 – 1787

The artist Arthur Devis was born in Preston in 1712, the eldest son of Anthony Devis (carpenter and bookseller) also a town councillor and Ellen Rauthmell. He is best known nowadays for his ‘conversation pieces’ – portraits of local landed gentry and their families. His style has an unmistakably naïve quality and his figures are thought to be ‘doll-like’ in their appearance. This is probably […]

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Preston Historical Society Heritage Open Day At St. John’s Minster

On Saturday 14th September the Preston Historical Society will be hosting an open day at St. John’s Minster on Church Street, Preston. The event will open from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Among the variety of activities that will be going on during the day are, an exhibition of the society’s archives which will include many photographic images of olden Preston; documents, ephemera and books relating to […]

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The Invincibles Standing L to R: J. Ross, R. Price (groundsman), J. Goodall, N. Brown (committee), J. Trainer, R. Holmes, Seated L to R: J. Gordon, R. Howarth, R. Kelso, D. Russell, S. Thompson, J Graham, G. Drummond..

Nostalgia: Preston North End historians aim to track down former players

Preston North End’s club historians are seeking information about former players for a new book. Ian Rigby and Mike Payne are writing a book about PNE players from the past and what they went on to do next. Many players went on to become pub landlords in the local area, bought property or in one case became an auctioneer’s clerk. Anyone with information is asked […]

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town-hall-entrance

Town Hall to open its doors for Preston history weekend

Preston’s Town Hall will be opening up as part of a Heritage Open weekend. Residents can take a look around the seat of power in the city and there will be guided tours by history experts throughout the day. The open day on Saturday 14 September starts at 10am and tours of the Hall are at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Mayor of Preston Councillor […]

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