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1. History of Preston
Preston was established by the Saxons, and the name of the city derives from the Old English words that mean ‘Priest settlement.’ In 1179, Preston was granted a Guild Merchant Charter, which gave it market town status. From the mid 13th century, Preston was widely recognised for its textile manufacturing industry, and the inventor of the spinning frame, Sir Richard Arkright...Read more
2. Now in Preston
Preston was granted city status in 2002, and became England’s 50th city. Preston is a city brimming full of culture and history.
3. Events in Preston
Preston’s diverse cultural community is celebrated with both the Preston Mela and the Caribbean Carnival, which both offer colourful costumes, music and dancing. If you are looking for arts and theatre events, then the Preston Arts Festival and the Preston Tringe Festival are for you. They both celebrate local and national talent, and there’s something for everybody with th...Read more
4. Attractions in Preston
Preston North End are one of the founder members of the Football League, and their Deepdale Football Ground is a must see for any football fans. Deepdale is the oldest football ground in the UK that has been continuously used for professional matches. Preston North End is one of the few English football clubs who have won championships on all four tiers of the English professio...Read more
5. Things To Do in Preston
Visit the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Preston Free Public Library for an insight into Preston’s history. There is a display of important local and archaeology finds, including a prehistoric elk skeleton known as the Poulton Elk. The fine art on display includes work by Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer, Ivon Hitchens and Lucian Freud.
6. Business in Preston
Preston has been an important centre for industry for centuries, and now it is home to a major centre for the British defence aerospace sector. BAE systems, the UK’s main aircraft design, development and manufacture supplier have its Military Aircraft headquarters in Preston.
7. Transport in Preston
On the 5th December 1958, the Preston bypass was opened, which was the first stretch of motorway in the UK. This road is now a part of the M6, and offers direct transport links to major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, as well as popular tourist destinations, Blackpool and the Lake District.
8. Entertainment in Preston
Preston has a great range of entertainment on offer that will suit everyone’s tastes. From theatre and comedy to clubs, Preston has lots to choose from.
9. Famous Landmarks in Preston
St Walburge’s Church boasts the tallest spire in England that is on a church that is not a cathedral. It was designed by Joseph Hansom and stands at 308 feet tall. Other buildings of note in Preston are the Minster Church of St. John the Evangelist, the Harris Museum, Miller Arcade and a host of beautiful Georgian buildings on Winckley Square.
10. Interesting Facts about Preston
Preston has had several important visitors over the years: Charles Dickens came to Preston in January 1854 during a cotton workers strike for part of his research for his famous novel ‘Hard Times’. Famous Socialist Karl Marx visited Preston in the 1850s, and dubbed it “the next St. Petersburg.”
Top Business Reviews
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
If you’re a fan of theatre and comedy, then the Preston Tringe Festival is for you. Individual performer and local and national theatre companies come together to showcase their shows in a wide range of venues throughout Preston. Shows are often performed in unusual p ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Preston Mela is a celebration of the South Asian community in Preston, with live music, dance, henna painting, sports activities and delicious food. The colourful event is completely free and helps to promote and showcase the heritage, art and culture of this import ...more
01 October 2012 - 31 October 2012
The Preston Arts Festival hosts a fantastic range of events across the city, including exhibitions, concerts and even guided walks. The festival has something for everybody, and has performances from local and national arts groups. Whether you want to see a show or enjo ...more
01 April 2018 - 01 September 2019
Offering business, household, archive and student storage is available at affordable prices in Preston's Safestore. The facility provides a range of storage solutions and with tailored units; every customer's specific requirement is catered for. Safestore prioritises yo ...more
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