Preston is full of surprises.

The 10 best kept secrets about Preston that even most residents won't know

If you are Preston born and bred then you might think you know Preston pretty well...but do you really?

Here are 10 secrets about our fantastic city that might surprise you...

The first KFC in the UK opened in Preston in 1965, and is still serving customer on Fishergate to this very day.

1. The first KFC in the UK opened here

The first KFC in the UK opened in Preston in 1965, and is still serving customer on Fishergate to this very day.
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The most famous outlaw of them all may not have had a Southern drawl but a Lancashire twang. Butch Cassidy's father who lived in Avenham left Preston for Utah in 1856.

2. Butch Cassidy may have spoken with a Preston accent

The most famous outlaw of them all may not have had a Southern drawl but a Lancashire twang. Butch Cassidy's father who lived in Avenham left Preston for Utah in 1856.
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Preston is the birthplace of teetotalism where Joseph Livesey in 1832 started his Temperance Movement, requiring followers to pledge total abstinence - hence the term 'teetotal'.

3. The term 'teetotal' was invented in Preston

Preston is the birthplace of teetotalism where Joseph Livesey in 1832 started his Temperance Movement, requiring followers to pledge total abstinence - hence the term 'teetotal'.
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Behind the large wall seen on the right was the former works of the Preston Gaslight Company. This operation began in 1816 and gave Preston boasting rights to having been the first provincial town in England to have it's streets lit by gas.

4. Preston was the first UK town to be lit by gas

Behind the large wall seen on the right was the former works of the Preston Gaslight Company. This operation began in 1816 and gave Preston boasting rights to having been the first provincial town in England to have it's streets lit by gas.
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