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?

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 8th December 2018, 5:35 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th December 2018, 6:45 pm
Preston is full of surprises.
Preston is full of surprises.

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.
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'.
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.
Born in Whittle-le-Woods, he took his first job at Lancashire Evening Post, drawing adverts and cartoons before beginning his work on the Beano. Sadly he passed away on April 23 2017.
Preston's Market Street is home to the longest continuous row of the old style red public telephone boxes anywhere in the country.
The town of 'Coketown' in Charles Dickens' book Hard Times is based on the city of Preston. In order to gain research for an 'industrial' novel, Dickens visited Preston in January 1854.
St Walburge's Church designed by Joseph Hansom of Hansom Cab fame and which has, at 94 metres, the tallest spire in England on a church that is not a cathedral.
Richard Arkwright's Water Frame which brought cotton mills to many northern English towns was invented in Preston.
The city's name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement" and in the Domesday Book is recorded as "Prestune".