A 17th-century Lancashire road map
Amongst an extensive collection of 17th-century Lancashire maps and plans found at Towneley Hall were road maps showing routes through the old county from south to north

Conflicted sexuality in Edwardian Preston
The story of a narrowly averted scandal involving a member of the Winckley Square district’s wealthy elite

Desirable Dwellings
The third volume of Nigel Morgan’s three books on Preston’s 19th-century social history. Two were published (Vanished Dwellings and Dangerous Dwellings) but Desirable Dwellings was not. A version based on a typescript of that volume, with some added illustrations, has now been added to this site.
Plus his postgraduate thesis on the political history of the town in the 19th century that is an essential source for the period: Social and Political Leadership in Preston 1820-60

Domesday Preston
A brief description of the Preston landscape and communications at the end of the 11th century, with map.

Friargate’s Catholic ‘chapels’ – 1605-1990
Post-Reformation Catholicism in Preston as revealed by the accounts of various chapels found or imagined in Friargate in the course of four centuries

Fulwood ‘purpresture’
When the Normans originally established Fulwood Forest the southern boundary stretched to the outskirts of Preston. Over time the Preston burgesses encroached on the forest, creating enclosures. In 1252 these encroachments were recognized and legalized, pushing back the boundary with the forest and giving Preston more than 600 acres of land to meet the needs of a growing population.

Lancashire land measurement
Before the 19th century the size of an acre in Lancashire differed both from the statute measure and from district to district. In Preston a rod of 21 feet rather than the statute 16 feet 6 inches appears to have been customary. This makes a Preston acre equivalent to 1.62 statute acres.

Preston, Ireland and the Glorious Revolution
When James II fled England following William of Orange’s invasion in 1688 his forces regrouped in Ireland to contest the Glorious Revolution settlement. They provoked an exodus of Protestant gentry, who abandoned their estates in fear for their lives.
Their accounts of atrocities inflicted on the Protestant community stoked already inflamed anti-Catholic feelings in England. Many of these Protestants passed through Preston after arriving in England, and some settled there to wait out the conflict.

Preston’s pre-industrial landscape
A 1774 plan attributed to the surveyor George Lang provides a detailed record of Preston’s pastoral landscape just before rapid industrialisation began fashioning its present appearance.
Platford Dales — a medieval Preston town field
Preston Moor
A 13th-century ‘new field’ South of Ribbleton Lane

Reforming Preston
A masterly treatment of the transformation in the government of Preston in the first half of the 19th century.

The story of Tulketh and Tulketh Hall
An article contributed by Kim Travis tracing the development of Tulketh Hall from Norman times up to the present day

Who owned Lancashire?
The principal landowners in the old county of Lancashire at the end of the 19th century: their holdings described and mapped.

Victorian Preston’s Men from the Pru

Other items provide brief information on subjects relevant to the Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries:
Lancashire militia in the late 17th century
Preston fairs