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The Story of Dick, Kerr Ladies FC – Preston’s Forgotten Football Team

The world of modern football is decidedly male-dominated; there’s sadly no doubt that the men’s game is currently more popular than the women’s. With the average 2016 attendance figure for ladies' league matches coming in at 1,128, it's hard to prevent feelings that the women's game will never be as popular as the men's (by comparison the average 2017-2018 Premier...

A Fascinating Look Inside the Development of The Shankly Preston

Preston’s iconic former Post Office in Birley Street is set to be transformed into a 60-bed luxury hotel, but before work begins we thought we would take a fascinating look inside the development of The Shankly Preston. In the early 19th century, Preston’s only Post Office operated from a small building at the southern end of a terrace of butcher’s shops,...

Preston’s Forgotten Past: Do You Remember These Preston Buildings

As we look forward to resurrecting one of Preston’s most distinguished buildings, it seems fitting to glance back over some Preston buildings that were once architectural wonders, but sadly did not survive to tell their historic tales. From abandoned churches to school's, hospitals and grand halls, Preston has a wealth of history hidden on its streets. Which of these buildings...

How the Plug Plot Riots Impacted Preston

The Preston Strike and Lune Street Riot fall under the era of the 'Plug Plot Riots' or 1842 General Strike. Promoted by depression between 1841-2, this time of resistance was heavily influenced by the Chartist movement. The Plug Plot Riots On the 4th May in 1842, Parliament were presented with a Chartist petition signed by 3,250,000 people. The petition covered...

A Timeline of the Most Notable Moments in Preston History

Let's take a look at the most notable moments in Preston History as the restoration of the Old Post Office is underway to form Preston's newest hotel; The Shankly Hotel - Preston. Starting out life small, Preston was established early on as an important market town. Influential writers of the time honoured Preston in words and shaped the market town...

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