Primary sources relating to Preston history

Anthony Hewitson’s Preston Chronology 705-1883

Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries
Transcripts and notes on three diaries (two for Lawrence Rawstorne and one for Thomas Bellingham) mainly relating to Preston, but with much information on other parts of Lancashire and Ireland. They cover the period 1683 to 1690. Editing is a work in progress: notes have so far been added to the entries from August 1688 to October 1689, a particularly interesting period in English history. In these months the Bellingham and Rawstorne diaries overlap, greatly assisting the editing process. Follow the links below to the entries:
Introduction / 1683 / 1684 / 1685 / 1686 / 1687 / 1688 / 1689 / 1690

Cambridge graduates with a Preston connection
The long list of Preston’s Cambridge alumni would provide a starting point for a Who Was Who for the town … or, to judge by some of the entries, would furnish a rogues’ gallery. Examples from both categories are listed here. All the women who feature in the full list of alumni (or alumnae?) are included.
Some notable Preston Cambridge alumni

de Hoghton property deeds
At the beginning of the 20th century J. H. Lumby calendared a collection of the property deeds of the de Hoghton family of Lea and Hoghton. His work was published many years later but is now out of print and not available on line. The documents relating to Preston contain a wealth of information on people and places from the middle of the 13th to the end of the 16th century. de Hoghton property deeds.

Gormanston Register
This is a collection of title deeds relating to properties owned by the Preston family which, after establishing an extensive estate in Preston itself, moved to Ireland in the early 14th century to found the Gormanston dynasty. The register was compiled at the end of the 14th century and contains a large collection of Preston property deeds: the Gormanston register

Harris Library local studies material

Kuerden’s Preston
Towards the end of the 17th century the antiquarian Dr Richard Kuerden prepared a detailed topographical tour of Preston which was published at the beginning of the 19th century: description and map

Preston deeds in the Cockersand Cartulary
The cartulary is a calendar of the the deeds to the properties which the monks of Cockersand Abbey held in Lancashire from the middle of the 13th century until the end of the fourteenth: the Preston deeds

Preston Newspapers
A digest of items of interest to both historians and more casual browsers that appeared in the Preston Guardian from 1844 until 1905 was prepared in four volumes by Henry Kirby. Mr Kirby had a very good eye for the salient features to help signpost researchers through the morass of material contained in hundreds of densely printed publications:
Volume 1 – 1844 to 1860
Volume 2 – 1861 to 1875
Volume 3 – 1876 to 1890
Volume 4 – 1891 to 1905
There is free access for members of the Lancashire Library to on-line copies of the rival paper, the Preston Chronicle:

Preston Poor Tax Book 1732
Records supplying the names of the owners, occupiers and value of every house, barn, stable, workshop and field in the borough, with a wealth of additional information.

Preston trade directories

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