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 ‘A History of Preston’. But the constraints of book publishing limit both the breadth and depth of coverage of a subject: constraints that online 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.

Most of my life has been spent in Preston, being brought up in Deepdale and attending Deepdale Primary and Preston Grammar schools, and then working in journalism, publishing and teaching in the town. Hence my interest in its history.

It is intended that the site should provide a platform for other writers as, for example, Kim Travis’s history of Tulketh Hall,  John Bannister’s ‘The Street Names of Preston’, Henry Kirby’s Preston Guardian chronology, and Nigel Morgan’s ‘lost’ book, Desirable Dwellings, a superb guide to middle-class housing in 19th-century Preston.

Peter Smith

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  1. Thanks for putting this manuscript on line. I have a copy of Deadly Dwellings and am delighted to read this fascinating follow-up, looking over the other side of the fence.

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  2. This is excellent news. I was taught by Nigel at school and then briefly as a post-grad when he taught at St Martin’s. I often saw him beavering away on his research at 5, Camden Place (Teacher’s Centre in those days) in the early 80s. I assumed the 3rd volume of his work was never completed so this is a great surprise. Well done Peter for making this resource widely available.

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  3. I have often wondered whether the Desirable Dwellings would ever be published so I’m delighted that it has now emerged on an appropriate platform.


  4. I recall Nigel’s funeral (I’m a friend of his son Eddie) and I’d found a Garstang History Society appraisal of a talk Nigel had given. They’d written it up as ‘Varnished Dwellings.’…if nothing else it was a great family & friends ice-breaker on a sad day.


  5. I’ve very much enjoyed reading Nigel Morgan’s ‘Desirable Dwellings’. Thank you so much for making it available.

    How much would it cost to get it printed?


    1. If you wish to print it yourself, Catherine, to a printer or as a pdf document, you can use the print button I have now added to the bottom of the article. Is that what you meant?


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