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. Also at Leyland Trucks they still produce thousands of trucks.

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

More pages:
Diary 2024Preston GuildHarris Museum PNE Links


Website bare bones:

Preston, Lancashire

Granted city status in 2002.


At the heart of Preston is the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, a Grade I listed building containing wonderful collections and the Discover Preston Gallery (note the Harris is closed for major refurbishment until 2025).

Photo of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library being refurbished Dec 2023.

The Harris during refurbishment 5th December 2023 Preston


Preston is home to UCLan, The University of Central Lancashire, just north of the city centre. £200m has recently been spent to give it a world class improvement. A new engineering and innovation building and a new Student Centre have reshaped part of Preston in the Adelphi/Fylde Road area.


Preston contains the administrative centre of Lancashire at County Hall next to the railway station, and has done since County Councils were formed in 1888, although Lancashire included the great cities of Manchester and Liverpool, plus a good portion of the Lake District at that time. It also has a Crown Court which occasionally makes the national news..


Preston has an interesting history with its Guild Merchant since 1179, a Civil War battle, and Jacobite Battle said to be the last battle in England. Preston's fortune was built on the cotton industry which also supported a large engineering and building industry. Diversity was achieved by developing a port, now partly a marina.


Current larger industry includes BAE SYSTEMS aircraft design, manufacturing and support centres at nearby Warton and one at Samlesbury. The Preston factories produced aircraft, trams and electric motors before closure.


In Leyland, 5 miles away, there is a large truck plant now Leyland Trucks part of DAF which is part of PACCAR, the US truck company. It was once a truck and bus plant that supported tyre and paint factories and gave its name to British Leyland, the consolidation of much of the UKs car industry.


Plumb's soft furnishing's are a national company starting in the 1950's and expanding through mail order using a factory near Preston docks.

Preston is also the HQ of Booths Supermarkets a north of England group of high quality grocery stores with smart modern shops.

The surrounding area is rural, although Preston's built area is expanding rapidly north into those green areas, called Preston Rural. It now supports largely dairy farming and several Lancashire Cheese producers.

Preston's businesses are celebrated every 20 years by the famous Preston Guild celebration, which has taken place since 1179 with the famous Guild Charter.

The major sports club is Preston North End Football Club, a founder member of the Football League. The headquarters of the English Football League is in Preston.

Preston has a fortunate position with attractive countryside close by and the seaside to the west. It's also on the main road and rail routes to Scotland, The Lake District, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London as well as direct trains to Leeds, York and Blackpool. Preston Bus Station was said to be the biggest in Europe and is a startling brutalist 1960s design, once threatened with demolition but now Grade II listed.

In this website there is more information about all these topics. Choose from the Site Map

I have been busy on this in years past, just as a retirement hobby.. The 2 blogs below get more updating nowadays. Thanks for looking.


As a get out, none of the content of this website may be true and it may be out of date.


The blogs below relate to local topical matters or places to visit in the North West of England.


Link to Made In Preston, the blog link to The Northwesterly, blog about things mainly in the north west of England


Made in Preston - The Blog - occasional ramblings about Preston


The North Westerly Blog - infrequent ramblings about things in the North West and places.


The little gallery of Preston photos

The most recent Preston upgrade is the lower end of Friargate looking towards UCLan, Jan 2024:

Friargate, Preston, re-modelled Jan 2024


Fishergate, Preston's main shopping street March 2023

Fishergate, Preston's main shopping street, March 2023


Preston is my Paris, a theme from the Preston Guild in 2012

re-awoken in 2023 at Avenham

Preston is my Paris, Avenham, Preston 2023


In July 2023 a new mural is creating a lot of local interest on a wall facing the entrance to St John's Minster, Preston. Titled 'Mother' it's painted on the wall of Hogarth's pub by Shawn Sharpe, a Preston artist.. It's certainly striking with quite an emotional tug showing the power of art propaganda. It's based on the crest of Preston which features the lamb of St Wilfred and the letters PP. Thanks to the artist and Amber Taverns who own Hogarths which looks a nice pub on its website.

'Mother' a mural by Shawn Sharpe facing the Minster in Preston, Lancashire. July 2023


A recent and very popular feature in Preston. Wallace and Gromit. A celebration of Nick Park, born in Preston. Good for selfies.

Wallace and Gromit, Preston



The Harris

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a Grade 1 listed building containing magnificent collections.

Unfortunately closed for a major refresh until 2025


Visit our reports on our Harris webpage

The Harris, Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston.  November 2018





Jigsaw of the Harris in the Library Shop

It's a novel jigsaw with a 360degree view of the centre of the museum, with well designed non-obvious pieces.

Jigsaw of the Harris Museum, Preston available to purchase in the Library 2022


Covid-19 around Preston page


Crystal House reclad - photo January 2023


Crystal House is located on the site of a former classic building, the expensively built 1867 Gothic style Town Hall that burnt down in 1947. In 1962 after 15yrs of being a ruin, a high rise office block with shops appeared a modern solution but it was never popular, except for Pizzaland and Brady's Record Store, and became an eyesore. It was reclad in the late 2010s and looked surprisingly smart. Until the Grenfell tragedy meant its cladding had to be removed and this is how it now looks. Not as good as the older cladding but if those empty shops ever get filled with anything interesting it could look quite smart.

Crystal House, Preston, reclad after removing the pre-Grenfell cladding



Fishergate August 2018

Fishergate looking well with its trees and the restricted vehicle access. Preston's main shopping street with the Fishergate Centre and station at one end and the ornate Miller Arcade and the excellent Harris at the other. The charms of Georgian Winckley Street and Square to the south and St George's Centre to the north.

Fishergate, Preston's main shopping street


Friargate May 2019

Friargate Preston


In 2021 here is the new Student Centre at UCLan:

UCLan Student Centre


The new Engineering Block at UCLan, Preston, May 2019

UCLan Preston Engineering Block


Preston Bus Station from the west, non-bus side, December 2021

Preston Bus Station December 2021


Avenham Park riverside walk September 2018

Avenham Park, Preston


Avenham Park in Autumn, November 2022

Avenham Park, Preston, November 2022

Miller Park near Preston railway station November 2022

Miller Park, Preston, November 2022

Preston skyline from the far end of the docks, 10th May 2022:

Preston Skyline  10th May 2022

The Ribble Steam Railway operating Furness Loco 20 which has been serviced at the RSR. Photo dated 26th March 2022:

Ribble Steam Railway Furness Loco 20 March 2022

Crystal House cladding being replaced following the Grenfell tragedy. Amazing that the building was looking better than it had ever done in its 50year history.

Preston Crystal House cladding removal


Preston North End's ground, Deepdale. Home of the Lilywhites.

Sir Tom Finney, Splash statue, Deepdale, PNE, Preston


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



Monthly PNE status since 2005, click here


History Books about Preston


The number of history and heritage books about Preston has increased faster in recent years.


Read our page of Preston Heritage Books click here

 - website since 2002.


Disclaimer and Acknowledgements

We also have Facebook, Twitter and Flickr accounts. . We're not to be associated with anything else calling itself Made in Preston. 2002 vintage.



If only there was time to do all planned for this website. But we plod on multi-tasking with other websites and social media by the same author. Hope you like it.

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