It might seem superfluous to create a Preston history website when there are already so many printed histories of the Lancashire town, most recently the second edition of David Hunt’s excellent ‘A History of Preston’. But the constraints of book publishing limit both the breadth and depth of coverage of a subject that web publishing can happily ignore. The aim here is not to produce a comprehensive history of the town, but rather to consider aspects of its history that previous writers have either been unable to include in their publications or have not had sufficient space for an extensive treatment.
Subjects already on-line include the text of the Bellingham-Rawstorne diaries (editing begins from August 1688, when the two diaries overlap and shortly before the invasion by William of Orange). There is also a treatment of a series of plans of the town from the same period, loosely attributed to the antiquarian Richard Kuerden. Another item deals with communications in Domesday Preston.
It is also intended that the site should provide a platform for other writers as, for example, the article on the history of Tulketh Hall.