Written by Peter Reed on 12 Nov, 2004
Preston is England's newest city. It was a major cotton town during the last century, but engineering took over with the British Aerospace Building, which houses the latest fighter aircraft nearby. Leyland Trucks is based a few miles away.The city shows a crest of a…Read More
Preston is England's newest city. It was a major cotton town during the last century, but engineering took over with the British Aerospace Building, which houses the latest fighter aircraft nearby. Leyland Trucks is based a few miles away.
The city shows a crest of a lamb with the inscription "PP," which many claim stands for Proud Preston, but it actually means "Princeps Pacis," or Prince of Peace, referring to the days when it was called Priests' Town.
Among many churches, St. Walburge's Church has the second tallest spire in England, and the inside of the church is noted for having no supporting pillars. As well as the places mentioned in the overview, a lovely short drive away is the delightful Ribble Valley, with its historic towns of Clitheroe and its castle and Whalley with its abbey--both overlooked by Pendle Hill--famed for tales of the Pendle Witches. Close by is Stonyhurst College, a Jesuit school with a 400-year history (I spent 10 years there!). There is a magnificent drive that passes between two lakes and on to the front of the Classics building. Often, there are events held here, such as antiques fairs or flower festivals.
Coming back to Preston, as well as to Harris, there is the museum of Lancashire, which houses regular exhibitions relating to the area. The city is also the home of Preston North End Football Club - one of the founders of the football league. Back in 1888 they achieved the distinction of winning the League without losing a match and in th same season they won the FA Cup without having a goal scord against them in all rounds - a feat never equalled since, not even by the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, or Liverpool.
The city was the site of the Battle of Preston in 1648 during the Civil War, when Cromwell's troops overcame the Royalists by Walton Bridge to the south of the city.
There are many "watering holes"--pubs--despite the fact that the city saw the foundation of the Temperance Movement in the 1800s. Which reminds me--I must pop out for a pint!