These pictures show Preston like you've never seen it before

A lost archive folder has come to light, and it contains some fascinating photos of Preston from a forgotten age.

By Iain Lynn
Friday, 15th March 2019, 11:28 am
Updated Friday, 15th March 2019, 2:13 pm
Preston map
Preston map

Have a look at these, and see if you can recognise areas of our city:

You might know this bank on Church Street better at the Twelve Tellers Wetherspoon pub
Building the ornimental rock garden in Avenham Park. Over 130 tons of selected rock from Milnthorpe were used
The new exchange being built, bounded by Moor Lane, Walker Street, North Street and Warwick Street with the Corporation Elizabeth Street skyscraper flats in the background
All this empty land is now the University: you can see St Peter's Arts Centre and the Adelphi roundabout mid-right of the picture
1971: Preston Guild Hall was built to replace the town's Public Hall, intended to be ready for the Preston Guild of 1972, but construction was delayed and it officially opened in 1973
Church Street goes from top to bottom on the left, while the big space in the middle-right would become the new bus station
Pleasant Street in Preston, scene of a 'slum-clearance order'. On the right are four houses which have had a face lift
Taking up the tram lines in Broadgate
Italian immigrant John Gibirdi, bearded on steps, at his plaster works in North Road, Preston
The Harris can be seen on the far right, Fishergate goes from left to right along the middle of the picture, and most notable is the shopping rotunda where the St George's Centre will eventually be built
Traffic signals at the junction of Fishergate Hill, Strand Road and Broadgate
There has been a prison on the current site of HMP Preston since 1790, however it was completely rebuilt as a Victorian radial design prison between 1840 and 1895
This one took us a while to recognise, but it's actually Fulwood Barracks, in the midst of an ever-growing Fulwood
Taken from where the Holiday Inn is now, this picture shows North Road at the top, with Meadow Street going off to the right, and St Ignatius Square
The railway line from Preston Station as it passes Avenham and Miller Parks
Preston centre in 1929, showing the Harris Museum and Flag Market in the centre and the covered market top left
Another pre-university picture of the Adelphi Roundabout
Clearing leaves in Miller Park, Preston in 1949
Taking down and packing valuable artworks at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery for transfer to a secret hiding place in the event of war
Blackpool Road in Ribbleton
Alterations on London Road, Preston, looking south towards Walton le Dale
The road is replaced on Fishergate over the railway bridge
The old warehouses in Liverpool Street, Preston - the site of the Market Hall
A new drinking fountain was presented to Aston Park by Mrs W G Makinson
The building next door to the Fishergate Baptist Church used to be a car garage