We hope our collection of vintage Preston images provides for an enjoyable trip down memory lane or at least allows you to enjoy seeing the town as it existed in our parents and grandparents lifetimes. One of our goals in presenting the images on this photostream is to promote a wider appreciation for the history of the City of Preston. The collection also serves to support research in local and family history.

The images on our photostream are meant to be used for personal, educational or research purposes. Many of the images are of unknown provenance, with no accompanying data about their creators or date of creation. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders and gain permission for use of these images. We would be grateful for any information concerning copyright and will withdraw images immediately on copyright holder’s request. Please do not download images from our collection and then re-post them on other social media sites. We are happy to support the various Facebook groups with PDA content but please post URL links instead of uploading our archive material directly to the site.

This is strictly a non-commercial ad-free archive. We do not sell any of our images. Many of our donors have asked us to decline requests for rights of re-use, however, please check with us first if you would like to use archive images for special projects. Certain images may be available for purchase directly from either Red Rose Collections or The Lancashire Evening Post. Please check for links in the caption below the image to be directed to those donors own web sites.

One Flickr's most popular features is that it gives you the viewer the ability to leave comments below the image (you have to be a Flickr member to avail yourself of this function) We welcome all viewer comments, positive or otherwise.

Enlarging images

Most of the images in the collection can be enlarged. This will reveal much more detail.
1. Click the down arrow at the bottom right of the main window and choose View all sizes.
2. Choose Original.

Takedown Policy

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material in our archive for which you have not given permission, we will of course remove it. Please contact us at prestondigitalarchive@hotmail.com with the following:

1. Your contact details.
2. The full details of the material
3. The exact url where you found the material (i.e.www.flickr.com/photos/rpsmithbarney/16170456032/)
4. Proof that you are the rights holder or an authorized representative of the rights holder.

How to donate material to the archive

We welcome any submissions of content from viewers. If you have Preston related photographs or ephemera please send an email to us at: prestondigitalarchive@hotmail.com We can also accept physical material such as photographs, pamphlets, postcards Etc. We will gladly copy and return to you (at our cost) any item that you care to send us. We can also arrange for pick up and delivery or on-site copying of heavier or bulky items. Please contact us at the above email address. Our mailing address is as follows:

Preston Digital Archive, 121, Broad Oak Lane, Penwortham, Preston, Lancs PR1 OXA

Our Group

Also check out the Preston 1800-1990 Flickr group. This contains all the images from the PDA together with many more from other Flickr members. View Here

You may also be interested in our companion site at the Preston Film Archive. This is where we host our historical moving image content such as films and video's
Click Here to redirect.

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Thank you for your interest in the photostream. Please dig out the old biscuit tin from your attic and send us your Preston photographs and postcards.

Special thanks to:

The Lancashire Evening Post www.lep.co.uk
Lancashire County Library / Red Rose Collections redrosecollections.lancashire.gov.uk/
Preston City Council www.preston.gov.uk/
The Harris Museum www.harrismuseum.org.uk
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council www.cottontown.org/
South Ribble Borough Council www.southribble.gov.uk/
University of Central Lancashire www.uclan.ac.uk/
The Ribble Steam Railway www.ribblesteam.org.uk/
The Lancashire Records Office (Preston) www.lancashire.gov.uk/archives/
The United States Library of Congress www.loc.gov/index.html
Preston Historical Society www.prestonhistoricalsociety.org.uk/
The Red Rose Postcard Club (Preston) www.redrosepostcardclub.co.uk/
Preston Grammar School Association www.pgsassociation.org.uk/
The Martins Bank Archive www.martinsbank.co.uk
BT Digital Archives www.digitalarchives.bt.com
Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club www.pgrfc.co.uk/

Thanks also to the following individuals and Flickr Members for the use of their own images and collections:

Middle Ford Miss (Heather)
Tony Worrall Foto
JohnnyEnglish (David)
Bernie Blackburn
Made in Preston (Paul)
George D. Thompson (Derek)
Peter Vickers
Derek Stevens
Robert Gregson (author)
Keith Johnson (author)
Janet Rigby (author)
Meanderman (Harry)
Jim Danby
Paul Grogan
Norman Worthington (Normanthebus)
Chaotic River (Keith)
Derek Carwin
Ian Rigby
David Eaves
Terry and Nicola Martin
Bruce Grime
Kate Yates, Archivist, B.A.E. Systems Heritage, Warton.

Other sites of interest: (Please report any dead links)

Preston Historical Society Flickr Collection Here
Paul Swarbrick at Blog Preston Here
Ashton-on-Ribble Community web site Here
Pete's 'Made in Preston' site Here
Rob O' Gara's Preston web site Here
Emma Heslewood's Blog Here
The Preston Pals Memorial appeal Here
Steve Halliwell's Pubs in Preston blog Here
Prestons old Cinema's site Here
Preston Station Past & Present www.prestonstation.org.uk/
Whittingham Asylum Here
The Longridge Archive townarchive.longridgestation.co.uk/
Historical maps and aerial photographs of Preston from MARIO at lancashire.gov.uk Here
Tony Worrall's Ultimate Preston Trivia collection Here
Follow the Yarn - The Story of Cotton in Preston Here
Dick Kerr Ladies Football Team Here
Preston Guild Collectables by Kate Phimster Here
History of Winckley Square Here
PNE Former Players Association Here
Preston during WW1 blog by David Huggonson Here
A list of all past Mayor's of Preston Here

Online publications featuring Preston: (Please report any dead links)

Memorial of Preston Guilds up to 1862 (Abram 1882) Here
The history of Wesleyan Methodism in Preston (Pilkington 1890) Here
Historical Account of the Borough of Preston (Tulket 1821) Here
History of the Borough of Preston and its Environs (Hardwick 1857) Here
A History of Preston in Amounderness (Clemesha 1912) Here
The History of the Parish of Preston in Amounderness (Fishwick 1900) Here
Preston Court Leet Records (Hewitson 1905) archive.org/details/prestoncourtlee00hewigoog
A Handbook and Guide to Preston (Pollard 1882) Here
Preston Fight 1715 (Ainsworth 1875) Here
War History of Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-1918 (1921) Here
Our Churches and Chapels (Hewitson 1869) Here
Sixty-Four Years a Doctor (Charles Brown 1922) archive.org/details/sixtyfouryearsdo00brow
Preston: A Handbook to the 39th annual Co-operative Congress 1907 Here
History of Preston from AD 705 - 1883 (Hewitson 1883) Here
Brown's Directory of Preston (1860) Here
Transcripts of Preston Court Leet Records 1653 - 1813 Here

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    Historic Preston says:

    "Over quite a few years and mostly on a daily basis, I have taken a little time to view the latest uploads on the Preston Digital Archive and to this day still feel that excited moment of seeing a fresh image of a Preston street, architecture or some ephemera from the past. The Preston Digital Archive is the definitive imagery of the history of Preston's past of almost two hundred years.

    Apart from the Preston Digital Archive’s wonderful and interesting visual entertainment value, it is an incredible source of information to local historians and is also a very valuable asset to persons tracing family history of those originating in the old town.

    With no other motive other than to act as a selfless, self appointed guardian and preservationist of all that is olden Preston, Barney has more than earned our respect for his passion to sustain the archive and make public the ongoing collection of images, which not only serves us all now but will be an absolute boon for future generations of Prestonians to come in understanding their heritage. The relentless dedication in bringing the joy and delight to Prestonians the world over has to be recognised as one of the most significant efforts to preserve the great and rich heritage of a town that was always known as 'Proud Preston'."

    July 17th, 2016

Preston Digital Archive
January 2008
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