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Follow the link above to the local history category of the lively Preston news site.
British History Online
Gives searchable access to a wide collection of primary and secondary sources including much content relating to Preston, unfortunately about 20 per cent of the material is behind a subscription pay wall, including the calendars of State Papers.
Building a better Preston?
Two articles on Preston council housing have just been put on line. They are both well written and represent a major contribution to the history of the town. The first describes the town’s first council estates developed between the wars. The second tackles the era of high-rise flats.
Preston’s Council Housing, Part I to 1939: ‘Compactness, Convenience and Taste’
Council Housing in Preston, Part II: ‘Changing Fashions in Planning’
Dictionary of National Biography
Free access to everybody with a Lancashire Library card
History of Parliament Online
Contains a wealth of material about the political and social history of Preston
A website about historical places that can be visited in Lancashire. Many of the places are free to visit, some charge a small entrance fee. For each site a brief history is given and a summary of what remains today.
Lancashire Working Lives
A website devoted to working-class history in the county – it is based on years of research and is well-stocked with material. And what is of especial interest to anybody studying the history of Preston is that most of that material relates to Preston.
Preston Black History Group
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6.30pm at the Jalgos Sports and Social Club, Rose St, Preston
Christine Cox has created a really useful website providing contact details for hundreds of community organisations in Preston. It has a separate section on local history and nostalgia containing, at time of writing, some 63 links.
Preston Court Leet Records
David Berry has put on line a full transcription of the presentments given at the Preston Court Leet from 1653 until 1813.
Preston Digital Archive
A rich collection of thousands of Preston images dating back to the early days of photography curated by Barney Smith. The site also includes reproductions of maps, documents and historical texts.
Preston Past and Present Facebook Group
This is the very active group with more than 35,000 members. Dozens of new posts appear daily, providing a virtual nostalgia fest for Prestonians. For local historians it provides a range of online versions of the town’s trade directories with more promised. Find it here.
Preston’s Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses
Steve Halliwell has developed a fascinating site documenting the history of almost every pub in Preston, past and present.
Red Rose Collections
A vast site that contains nearly 30,000 images, and growing. There’s a wealth of other information, much of it relating to Preston.
Theatres and music halls
This playbill for the Theatre Royal in 1819, advertising the first performance on stage of the Preston veterinary surgeon Mr Brettargh on his velocipede, can be found on Matthew Lloyd’s encyclopaedic theatre and music hall website:
It contains a wealth of information on Preston theatres.
Tulketh Hall on Facebook
A new Preston Facebook group is dedicated to Tulketh Hall: https://www.facebook.com/groups/226706995078728/about/
The members hope to build on the detailed history of the hall on this site written by Kim Travis. Kim is contributing to the group.
There is already quite a bit of new information on the pages and the group is eagerly seeking more contributions.
The Working Class Movement Library
This is a rich resource housed in a rambling property on Salford Crescent. It is worth a visit just to see the institution itself. Inside is a wonderful collection of working-class literature and an archive in which there is quite a bit of Preston material.
Local history has proved so popular that there are now two groups devoted to the subject
The square has three on-line presences:
The long-established, but dormant Winckley Square site packed with riches relating to the history of this Preston gem.
The newer Friends of Winckley Square Gardens, which has established a research group dedicated to uncovering the history of the square.
And the latest offering from the Friends: https://www.winckleysquarepreston.org/
Contains articles relating to Preston history, and much else of interest. A good example of the site’s rich content is an article by David Berry, transcriber of the town’s court leet records (see above), who has put his work to good use in a detailed account of the town’s pinfolds. It can be found here: Preston pinfolds.