www.madeinpreston.co.uk - 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.
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.
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.
Good luck to Bistrot Pierre who have renovated the decaying Grade II listed Baptist Church on the main street close to the station in Preston. Opening date is 6th August 2018. (This isn't a paid for advert).
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.
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 newest pages: The blogs are updated every few weeks.
Leyland MotorsRibble Motor ServicesPreston Docks
English Electric TramsDeltic PrototypeEnglish Electric Aviation
Eurofighter Typhoon English Electric Canberra
Victorian Covered Market,
Central Methodist Church
Lancashire Records Office.
Barton Grange Garden Centre
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:
We also have a Flickr account. We're not to be associated with anything else calling itself Made in Preston. This is 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.