Preston Street Names – Contents

See also: Stand Prick Lane – the forgotten Preston street name

Back in 1992 in faraway New Zealand a professor of botany published a guide to Preston entitled The Street Names of Preston. Prof Peter Bannister published the book to mark the 80th birthday of the author of the book, his father, John Bannister, on the 28th of November of that year. Mr Bannister was born in Preston and lived as a child in East Street, Deepdale. In the book he describes playing as a child in the vast Corporation depot between St Paul’s Road and Deepdale Road (Deepdale youngsters were still playing there forty years later). His father had a window cleaning business based round the corner in Hopwood Street and Mr Bannister and his four brothers were employed in the firm. Mr Bannister later lived in Hoyles Lane Cottam, continuing to work as a window cleaner. (Biographical information supplied by his son, Eric Bannister, of Woodplumpton.)

Mr Bannister adopted a themed approach to his tour of Preston, adding considerably more information than a mere listing of streets. Unfortunately, while he adds a bibliography he does not supply references to support his assertions, and some of the evidence is not to be found in the sources cited in the bibliography. Some of his assertions are plausible, others less so. Thus his treatment of the origin of the street name Main Sprit Weind is plausible: he argues that it is a corruption of Mains Pit Weind, mains being another word for a cockfight bout, pit the cockpit and weind another word for lane, giving Cock Pit Lane (see also). Less plausibly, he argues that the various streets near the Moor Brook named Bloomfield took their name from the field ‘where iron ore was smelted in charcoal-fired bloomeries’.

Chapter 1 provides a potted guide to the origin of street names. Mr Bannister takes a nice sideswipe at the Central Lancashire Development Corporation which he felt showed little sense of place when planning the New Town, ‘…it is hard to believe that anyone with an interest in the district could saddle a place with a name like Golf Village’. In Chapter 11 there is a very good treatment of the many streams that once cut through the town from east to west: all now culverted but still flowing underground.

The Street Names of Preston is republished here to make a scarce resource by a writer with a lively style available to a wider audience. There is one copy held at Lancashire Archives, three at Preston’s Harris Reference Library and some in New Zealand libraries; no other copies can be located. Mr Bannister must be long dead, his son died in 2008. Republication seems to meet the wish of Prof Bannister in publishing the book as a tribute to his father, but if the copyright holder objects this online version will be taken down.

The original bibliographic information:

The Street Names of Preston
John Bannister
Privately published in Dunedin, New Zealand by Peter Bannister for his father’s 80th Birthday, 28th November 1992
Published by: Peter Bannister, 106 D London Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Printed by: Printing Department, University of Otago
ISBN: 0-473-01734-2

Mr Bannister did not include a list of contents, which has now been added, or list the streets he included. Anybody seeking information on particular streets can find it by using the search box on this page

All illustrations are by Mr Bannister


Preston in the 17th-Century: from a manuscript compiled by Dr Kuerden 1684
This is the topographical section of Richard Kuerden’s guide to the town [1] together with additions from College of Heralds manuscript and annotations by Charles Hardwick. [2] Another treatment with a plan of the town in the late 17th century can be found here.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2
Early Preston

Chapter 3
Fields, Woods and Open Spaces

Chapter 4
Writers, Artists and Adventurers

Chapter 5
The Royal Line

Chapter 6
Houses, Farms, Buildings, Landlords and Tenants

Chapter 7
Premiers and Statesmen

Chapter 8
Local Members of Parliament, Mayors and Dignitaries

Chapter 9
Trades and Professions

Chapter 10
Battles and Intrigues

Chapter 11

Chapter 12
People, Places and Directions


History of the Borough of Preston Peter Whittle
History of Preston Anthony Hewitson
History of the Parish of Preston H. Fishwick (1900)
Preston and its Environs Charles Hardwick (1857)
History of Preston in Amounderness H. W. Clemesha (1912)
Ancient Houses of Preston W. Dobson
Preston Court Leet Records Anthony Hewitson

Parish Registers
St. John’s, St. George’s, St. Paul’s, Holy Trinity (Bishop’s Transcripts Lancashire Record Office)

Plan and Survey of Preston 1684 unknown
Map of Preston 1774 George Lang
Map of Preston, circa 1807 Wm. Shakeshaft
Map of Preston 1838 J. J. Myers
Map of Preston 1889 W. Brown
Map of Preston 1926 Ordnance Survey

Newspapers etc.
Street and Trade Directories 1845-1938
Preston Pilot Newspapers 1858-1860
Preston Guardian Newspapers 1900 onwards

[1] R. Kuerden, A Brief Description of the Burrough and Town of Preston, and Its Government: Originally Composed Between the Years 1682 and 1686 … (Wilcockson, 1818),
[2] Charles Hardwick, History of the Borough of Preston and Its Environs, in the County of Lancashire (Preston: Worthing, 1857).

4 thoughts on “Preston Street Names – Contents

    1. Nimes Street was originally named Rigby Street South. It became Nimes Street shortly after Preston twinned with the French town in 1955. Locally it is frequently pronounced to rhyme with times. I have never come across a Tigbu Street in Preston.


  1. Do you know further details about the naming of Brackenbury Road? (also any information about the terrace names on Brackenbury road: Landsdowne terrace etc?)


    1. John Bannister in his Street Names of Preston gives some information: ‘Albany Place in Ashton, Albany Villas on Brackenbury Road, and Albany Terraces in Garstang Road and Brieryfield Road commemorate Prince Leo George Duncan Albert, Duke of Albany, the youngest son of Queen Victoria who died at the early age of 31’. I’m afraid I can’t help you with the naming of the road, and neither can John Bannister. If you do discover its origin, please let me know and I’ll add it to the Preston street names section on this site. Good luck.


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