Made in Preston, the website about Preston, Lancashire

Made in Preston and the surrounding area - website established 2002

Read about Preston and its surrounding area on this website. Things to do, things to see and things to note:


Great things have been made in the area and some still are: most of the RAF's current fighter aircraft, such as Eurofighter Typhoon and Panavia Tornado. Also at Leyland Trucks they still produce thousands of trucks.

Made in Preston, aircraft, trucks, buses, train locos, trams

Previously buses like the Leyland Atlantean and its predecessors. Atkinsons Vehicles, the Deltic prototype locomotive, locomotive engines, 1000s of trams and large electric motors, miles of cotton woven and rayon fabric, printing presses.

Companies such as Horrocks, Dick Kerr(English Electric), Joseph Foster(Goss), Leyland Motors, Leyland Rubber(BTR), Leyland Paints were well known nationally in their time. Slingers and Starkies were well known locally.

Inventions started in Preston such as the Arkwright water frame spinning machine that transformed cotton manufacturing and made a big contribution to the machine age.

In the 2012 Preston Guild, the Trade Procession showcased modern manufacturers. These included BAE Systems, Leyland Trucks, Plumbs furniture covers, Sika Liquid Plastics, Incoraz chemicals.


The Best Built View of Preston

In July 2016 Preston Cenotaph was upgraded to Grade 1 Listed. This is the highest level and is awarded by the Secretary of State for buildings of exceptional interest. Also on the photo is the Grade 1 Listed Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and the Town Hall.

The heart of Preston: The Cenotaphm, Flag Market, Town Hall, Harris Museum


Winckley Square Restoration 2016

Georgian Winckley Square re-opened on 30th November 2016 after a £1.2m makeover. Here's a photo on the 29th Nov.

Read our page Winckley Square

Winckley Square Preston Restoration 29th Nov 2016

Fishergate, Preston, March 2017

Black Sky Day on Preston's main shopping street, Fishergate

Black Sky Day in Preston Lancashire


Preston Railway Station main entrance, although the favoured entrance is via the Fishergate Centre:

Preston Railway Station


The Victorian Covered Market prior to its full makeover, Jan 2017

Preston Victorian Covered Market before its makeover Jan 2017


Preston Guild Hall, some big improvements of late

Preston Guild Hall 2017


Links to More Pages:

Diary 2017 Outline of PrestonPreston GuildHarris Museum PNE


Leyland MotorsRibble Motor ServicesPreston Docks


English Electric TramsDeltic PrototypeEnglish Electric Aviation


Eurofighter Typhoon English Electric Canberra


Places under 1hr from PrestonOther PlacesLinks


Preston Magazine to 2015Lostock Hall Magazine to 2015


The newest pages:

Updated list of Preston history books. Mar 2017

RAAF Museum, Point Cook Feb 2017

Keighley & Worth Railway and Keighley Bus Museum update

Great Central Railway, Sept 2016

Blackpool Air Show, Aug 2016

Heritage Open Days Venues in Preston added July 2016

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, July 2016

Slaidburn with the Friends of Lancashire Archives July 2016

Leyland Society and Leyland Trucks 120th Event 3rd July 2016

Ribble Vehicle Preservation Group Morecambe Running Day 29th May 2016

British Commercial Vehicle Museum Spring Show, Leyland 8th May 2016

Lytham St Anne's Spitfire Visitor Centre

Cromford Mills, Derbyshire, Arkwight, 20th May 2016

Newark Aircraft Museum, Nottinghamshire, 19th May 2016


Diary of things and places we like in and around Preston 2017


Horrocks Collection

Friends of the Lancashire Archives are seeking donations to make the important and extensive collection of Horrocks information more accessible to the public. Please read more make a donation on-line using the link below.



Books about Preston in Lancashire

There are a few history type books listed on the history page 3.

Books about Preston Lancashire


Preston's great museum and art gallery.

Discover Preston in the Harris Museum, as well as outstanding collections of art, textiles, scent bottles, coins and more.

Discover Preston, Harris Museum

more on our history page.


Places to visit or see in Preston.

Harris Museum & Art Gallery,

Lancashire Infantry Museum,

Ribble Steam Railway & Museum,

Avenham and Miller Parks,

Victorian Covered Market,

Preston Bus Station,

Preston Dock,

Guild Wheel,

St Walburge's Church,

St John's Church,

Central Methodist Church
Lancashire Records Office.

Places Nearby:

British Commercial Vehicle Museum,

Brockholes Nature Reserve,

Samlesbury Hall,

Hoghton Tower

Astley Hall

Martin Mere Nature Reserve,




Barton Grange Garden Centre

Rufford Hall NT

Just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Preston are lovely views and in 1648 Cromwell fought the Duke of Hamilton a bit further along the river:

River Ribble at Preston

Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here.

Deepdale, home of Preston North End.

Deepdale, home of Preston North End


A page of things that were big enough to be on the home page. - website since 2002.

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11-Apr-2017 Contact the site author