"Welcome to my Place and Home Town " Preston by mustertal
Preston Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 45 photos
PRESTON in Lancashire
The Newest City in England
The place of my birth, and just 7 miles away from my home!
I thought it was time to start working on my home town of Preston ,Lancashire UK.
Then I thought well who on Earth would want know about Preston !!!
After giving it much thought, I realised, after living here for 40 odd years, I really know very little about my City, the town I grew up in.
As a child Preston had a thriving dockland's, now in it's place there is a smart new Marina, with restaurant's, fancy apartment block's and shops.
It was the home of industrial cotton mill's, once a thriving industry, and now, these Cotton Mills have either been destroyed or turned into accommodation, or housing retail shop's.
Where once you would find row's and row's of smart terraced houses, you will now find a ring road and a retail park.
The town is being regenerated after getting City status in 2003.
Coffee shop's, shopping center's and trendy bar's, are all springing up. The skyline is changing and bringing a new freshness into the City.
The Old "Polly" as the Polytechnic was know, is now an ever growing University.
A statue to our most famous footballing son, Sir Tom Finney adorns the front of the oldest football team in England, PNE.
Thing's that have stayed the same are the fabulous
Harris Museum/Library and Art gallery.
The Victorian Railway station.
The open Market and the Old Flag market.
The Court house and Town Hall
Preston is the administrative Capitol of Lancashire. County Hall is
a fine building, to the South of Preston.
Miller and Avenham park overlook the River Ribble which runs through Preston into the Irish Sea.
Did you know that Preston had the first stretch of Motorway in the country, opened by the, then, transport minister, Mr Ernest Marple's.
It was just a 5 mile stretch of motorway when first built, people went on trip's up and down the Motorway it was a novelty.
Once every 20 years the Preston Guild is held, 2 week's of festival 's, Art and culture. The last one was in 1992 the next one will be in 2012, so make a note in your Diary.
The first and only National Football Museum is in Preston at the Preston North End football ground.
The City motto is
The City Emblen is a sitting Lamb.
Inventor of the Water Frame in Preston*.
Established the first Cotton Mill here in 1786*
Suffragette, who burned down Lord Leverhulmes bungalow*
Sir Tom Finney
Known as the "Preston Plumber", a Footballer for England and Preston and a lovely man*.
Animator of Wallace and Grommit. I knew his dad* !
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff
Cricketer played in the team that regained the "Ashes" and the first person to get the freedom of the new City*.
Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines
Architect / town planner, and my old boss*.
Five of Preston's Parks have just received awards, there is an advert that says "Preston is my Paris" filmed in the beautiful Miller Park, in the town centre.
Major evens such as Snooker and indoor bowls are held here in the Guild Hall.
You must have past through it at sometime, but ,you've never stopped here , this is the place I have lived for 25 years.
It isn't a pretty village, and most people just pass through without knowing it's there, or stop off en route to the Lakes, Blackpool or further afield.
Development over the last 20 years has changed the face of Clayton-le-Woods, we now merge into the neighbouring villages of Whittle, and Leyland, Leyland being the home of the famous Leyland Truck builders.
It's just 10 miles south of Preston,25 miles north of Manchester and 25 miles North East of Liverpool.
Over the last few years it has been the fastest growing Village in Lancashire. It is situated on 3 motorway junction's, so it's a popular choice for commuters to Manchester and Liverpool.
The Village was once just farm's and farm land and the small cottage I live in was, up until 1805 an old forge serving the farm's and also the horses that pulled the carriages which ran between Manchester and Scotland, until it was converted into 4 tiny cottages in1895. So maybe one of the oldest houses in the area.
There is an old coaching Inn called the Red Cat, which is now a lovely Olde Worlde Pub with Lot's of character, and still has many original old features .
So what do we have ?
Well, we have Cuerden Valley Park which is a vast wild park land, a library, supermarket, leisure centre and plenty of hotels.
There is Camelot theme park.
Nearby Chorley, is a quiet market town.
Botany Bay an Antiques and craft centre .
There is a large Mormon Temple and school, that dominates the skyline, the largest one in Europe.
The restaurant in the Marks and Spencer store, is a self service restaurant /Cafe. You can sit at a table or lounge on a... more travel advice
The Guild Hall was built for the 1972 Guild. The Guild Hall complex has the Charter Theatre, which holds plays both... more travel advice
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