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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.
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
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’s Inns, Taverns and Beerhouses
Steve Halliwell has developed a fascinating site documenting the history of almost every pub in Preston, past and present.
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.
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.