Brief History of Preston City

Brief History of Preston City

The City of Preston as we know it is a vibrant, cultural and friendly place with plenty of activities, events and a varied night life to keep you entertained. The city is a lively, diverse and contemporary place to live, work or study. The city also has a long and interesting history-

Preston houses an impressive 750 listed buildings including the Grade 1 listed Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston Guild Hall, Lancashire Museum and St Walburge Church. Preston grew near the site of a Roman fort that was based at Walton-le-Dale. The fort underwent extensive exploration in the 1950’s and again in the early 80’s and was fully excavated in 1996.

The name Preston originated from “Priests’ Town” indicating the early settlement of religious origin dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period. Preston is recorded in the 1086 Domesday survey as being an important market town and administrative centre.

Preston is no stranger to war, as during the English Civil Wars the town was captured, by Oliver Cromwell and his forces. The last battle of the Jacobite rebellion was fought in Preston, at Market Place, in 1745.

The historic Market Place has been in the same location for over 1000 years. By the 1500s Preston was a major hub for the Northern wool and linen trade. Parts of the medieval street maps and main business districts still exist such as Church Street, Fishergate, and Friargate.

the Industrial Revolution transformed Preston with the introduction of mills, factories, engineering works, housing, canals, and railways. In 1777 the first cotton-spinning mill was built in Moor Lane. By 1835 there were 40 recorded factories. The River Ribble allowed Preston to become a major trading port which led to the development of an 18th-century quay and dock in the 19th century.

Today Preston continues to be the regional capital and hosts Preston Crown Court- the highest court in Lancashire. Preston also features several of the oldest parks in the region, such as Avenham Park and Miller Park. Winckley Square with its open gardens, is a picturesque example of Georgian architecture in the heart of the city centre.

Moving to Preston?

If you are interested in moving to the area, or you are a local resident looking for somewhere to rent, Please use our YouTube channel to see tours of our available properties and if you have any questions please call our office on 01772 76 99 99 or send us an email to

01772 76 99 99

441 Blackpool Road, Ashton-On-Ribble,Preston,PR2 2LE

Application form to be completed by all adults moving into the property and emailed with supporting documents to

You will need to provide 3 months payslips, proof of any other income, and a copy of your passport.

Once we have received the forms back they will be reviewed, and providing we have everything we need to successfully process the application, you will be asked to put a holding deposit down equivalent to 1 weeks rent. This will secure the property for you for up to 28 days. Your tenancy must be in a position to begin by the end of the 28 day holding period.

The holding deposit is deducted from the balance due upon check in.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.