The Wharncliffe Companion to Preston: An A to Z of Local History
NOTE: This information is now redundant. It is unclear yet what will remain at the Harris and what will be transferred. Some time ago there was a guide to the local studies collection at the Harris Reference library in Preston on line at the Lancashire Library website.
It was similar to but not as comprehensive as the guide to the holdings at Blackpool Public Libraries compiled by Bert Pemberton and posted on line by Blackpool Council. The Harris guide seems to have disappeared from the web so an older version dating from some years ago is reproduced below.
It is published in good faith and if the copyright holder objects it will be taken down. It should be noted that the information is not up to date. Although much of the material in the collection is essentially historical, it is intended that every aspect of life and work, past and present, within the Preston City Council area should be represented.
General geographical and historical studies covering other areas of the county are acquired when published, but more specialised or ephemeral material on such places is not actively sought. Collections of maps, photographs, postcards, ephemera and newspaper cuttings are also held. A Bibliography of the History of Preston. Preston: Toulmin, This only includes a very small proportion of the works now held in the collection. The Lancashire Library. London: Routledge, Bibliography of North West England. All volumes published to date.
Topographical survey of the counties of Stafford, Chester and Lancaster, The Commercial Directory for — From this date to a good collection of directories is held, the majority published by Barrett. Some cover only the city of Preston, others include neighbouring areas in central Lancashire and the Fylde.
Preston Business Directory Up to the registers cover Preston Borough only.
From the mid s Fulwood is also included. Poll lists , , , , , , , Burgess rolls — , — , — Guild rolls — Lancashire Record Office microfiches. Preston Poor Law rate assessment book, , and Revaluation of Rates — Preston Union: Assessment volumes, , have been transferred to the Lancashire Record Office , the main repository for rate books for the county. The census for Preston is a rare survival, a manuscript volume listing the head of each household, where he came from and the number of people in the household.
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The list has been transcribed. Some returns are held for villages in adjacent districts but coverage for these is very imperfect. Street and surname indexes have been compiled for to Copies of maps roughly contemporary with each census up to have been marked out to show the boundaries of each enumeration district. Street indexes only.
Publications , Vol. Transcripts with indexes of over registers of the established church covering various dates — Publications, Vol. An index is available.
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Lancashiire registers in volumes 15, 16, 20, 23, 31 and The parishes and dates included are shown on the following list. Lancashire Parishes, — The main collection of parish records for the county is held at the Lancashire Record Office. Note: The indexing indicated below has not been carried out in depth, apart from the Lancashire Evening Post, which has been quite detailed for Preston material from onwards, except for such subjects as criminal acts, sports reports and minor human interest stories.
Asian Image, —. Not indexed or microfilmed. The Clarion Dec. Not indexed. Evening Mail Oct. General Strike Newspapers The Herald Previously Preston Herald. Lancashire County Clarion Feb.
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From to the title was Lancashire Daily Post. Indexed — , , — , —. Microfilmed — , partially microfilmed , — Lancaster Gazette ; Jan. Longridge News , 76 —. Manchester Weekly Journal 29th Oct.
Preston and South Ribble Weekly Mail , Preston Chronicle Sept. Indexed to Bound volumes , , Sept. P reston Citizen Nov. Microfilmed Preston Guardian Feb.
Microfilmed — , — Bound volumes Preston Herald — 96, — , July — microfilm only. Continued as The Herald. Preston Journal Jan — Aug Preston Leader Preston Mercury 13 th April -7 th December Preston Pilot Microfilmed — 77 lacks Dec. Bound volumes , , , — 66, , Preston Reporter Oct —. Preston Trader — Preston Weekly News — Red Rose Advertiser — Not microfilmed. Several volumes on matters of local interest onwards, e. Most volumes include a manuscript index and a cumulated A — Z index has been produced.
From the s cuttings are mounted on card and filed by subject. Annual indexes are available for this sequence from to and the indexes from are searchable on Lancashire Lantern. Index to biographical entries in local newspapers including obituaries coverage varies according to newspaper file. Available on Lancashire Lantern Index to people, places and major events reported in local papers coverage varies according to newspaper file. Index to items of Preston interest in the Lancashire Daily Post to Available on Lancashire Lantern. Kirby, Henry L.
Lancashire Lantern includes an index to stories from local newspapers covering several areas of the county. Periodicals and serials Business , 5 year file. Transactions, Vols.
Echo: Preston Health Authority newsletter, — Forum formerly Preston Chamber of Commerce Journal , — , — Fylde Naturalist, Nos. Transactions and proceedings, Vol. Transactions, Vol. Lancashire archaeological bulletin, Vol.
Lancashire archaeological journal, Vol. Journal , Nos. Northern history, Vol. North Western Naturalist, — One line runs north—south. Comprising the re-opened Ribble Valley Line from Clitheroe in the north and continuing through Blackburn towards Darwen and terminating at Manchester Victoria ; the other line runs east—west and is served by trains from Blackpool and Preston in the west travelling to Burnley Manchester Road and Central, Leeds and as far as York in the east. The station was covered by twin train sheds, an architecturally detailed canopy that covered all platforms.
A new building was built on the main island platform ; the Grade II listed original entrance built in the s, including the station buffet and former booking hall, was retained and refurbished. A piece of public artwork by artist Stephen Charnock was erected at the edge of the platform, which consists of a stainless steel screen depicting Blackburn's industrial past and its more modern life today. Platform 4, which had not been in timetabled use since the s, was reopened for regular services as part of the work. In a police station was opened in the upper floor of the old booking hall, to provide services in the town centre when the town's main police station was replaced by Greenbank police.
Blackpool branch lines The Blackpool branch lines run from Preston to Blackpool. The lines split at Kirkham and Wesham junction: a double track branch runs to Blackpool North station through Poulton-le-Fylde , while a single track branch runs via Lytham to Blackpool South station; the route to Blackpool North was re-signalled and electrified, with electric trains starting running from the May timetable change.
The route is used by the bulk of Blackpool's passenger trains, providing services to Manchester and Leeds as well as other destinations; the planned electrification of the Manchester-to-Blackpool North route was announced in December , completed in May Northern operate frequent services on the line. First TransPennine Express ran hourly services to Manchester Airport , but responsibility for these passed to the new Northern franchise as from the beginning of April ; this branch serves Lytham St Annes as well as Blackpool Pleasure Beach , each with their own station.