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Winckley Square
Historical Guide
Preston's wealthiest citizens, the 'nouveaux riche' of the Industrial Revolution, made their homes in Winckley Square.
Marian Roberts
Based on her book, "The Story of Winckley Square", Marian Roberts tells the story of the buildings and residents of this famous Preston square.
Start of Walk
The walk begins at the last building on the left-hand side of Winckley Street, on the Northern Side of Winckley Square.
Eastern Side
The Eastern Side of Winckley Square, numbers 6 to 12.
Southern Side
The Southern Side of Winckley Square, numbers 13 to 19.
Western Side
The Western Side of Winckley Square, numbers 20 to 35.
Northern Side
The Northern Side of Winckley Square, numbers 1 to 4.
 
Biography
The Addisons
One of the oldest famlies in the history of Preston.
Mr W Cross
Mr William Cross the 'architect' of the project and the first resident of Winckley Square.
"Daddy" Dunn
The Reverend Joseph Dunn is one of the legends of the Catholic history of Preston where he served as a mission priest for 51 years.
The Ghost of Ribblesdale Place
The Ghost of Ribblesdale Place, Preston, a poem by Phoebe Hesketh, about the residents of Winckley Square.
Mr N Grimshaw
Mr Nicholas Grimshaw played a major part in the life of Preston.
Mr S Leach
Mr Samuel Leach, the son of Mr Thomas Leach, a draper, with premises in Fishergate and Cheapside, Preston.
Mr T Miller
Mr Thomas Miller, of the cotton firm, Horrockses Miller, the most powerful cotton manufacturer in the town of Preston.
Mr R Newsham
Mr Richard Newsham was a member of a wealthy banking family. He was a County and a Borough Magistrate.
Mrs E Rigby
Mrs Edith Rigby, suffragette, lived at number 28 Winckley Square.
"A Woman of Suffrage"
A peom about Edith Rigby by the Preston poet, Christine Billington.
The Reverend Roger Carus Wilson
The Reverend Roger Carus Wilson was responsible for the building of five new churches within the Borough of Preston.
 
History
Time Line
A Thousand Years.
A Discordant View
A discordant view of the Victorian era.
The Peel Statue
The Peel Statue, on the eastern-side of Winckley Square, facing Cross Street, was erected by public subscription in 1852.
No 7 Winckley Square
The ashes of James Todd, a wealthy Preston accountant, are interred in the wall of his old office.
Preston Catholic College
Preston Catholic College, alma mater to many Prestonians, opened in Winckley Square, in 1865, for the education of Catholic boys.
The Convent of the Holy Child Jesus
The Convent of the Holy Child Jesus opened in Winckley Square, in 1875, for the education of Catholic girls.
The Preston and County Catholic Club
The Preston and County Catholic Club was founded in 1906 at the instigation of Father Canning, S.J. The Club aimed to bring together Catholic professional and business gentlemen from all over Lancashire.
The Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
The Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was established in 1828. The Institute was a competitor of The Literary and Philosophical Institution in Winckley Square and the origin of today's University of Central Lancashire.
The Regulation of Winckley Square
Winckley Square was the most exclusive residential area in early nineteenth-century Preston, and remained so until the 1860s and 1870s. It was carefully regulated.
The Decline and Fall of Winckley Square
Winckley Square reached its nadir during the Second World War when a water tank for Civil Defence purposes and air raid shelters appeared amid the trees. Even the railings were removed to help the war effort.
The Preston Gas Light Company
The “Preston Gas Light Company” commenced operations on February 20th 1816, thereby conferring on Preston the distinction of being the first provincial town in the country to install public gas lighting.
The Old Tram Road
The Old Tram Road is one of the best-known relics of the Industrial Revolution in Preston. For half a century this early plate railway was used to connect the Lancaster Canal's terminus at Preston Basin with its southern section at Walton Summit.
Avenham Walk
Avenham Walk or “Top Walks” was laid out some time in the 17th century. It became a fashionable promenade for the innocent pleasure of the social elite.
Twice Nightly
"Twice Nightly": An Illustrated History of Entertainment in Preston, by David Hindle.
Grimsargh
"Grimsargh": The Story of a Lancashire Village, by David Hindle.
 
Handsome Buildings
The Winckley Club
A Gentlemen's Club on the eastern side of Winckley Square.
The Grammar School
The Grammar School gave fee paying boys a classical education.
The Literary and Philosophical Institution
A long-established competitor of The Institute for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
The Residence of William Ainsworth
The Italian-style villa of William Ainsworth, cotton manufacturer.
 
Churches
St. Wilfrid's Church
St. Wilfrid's Church, Chapel Street, Preston. A truly Roman Church.
Images - Our Lady of Victories
Revealed: Preston's hidden church
 
Railways
The North Union Railway
The North Union Railway resulted from the first railway amalgamation in British history.
The East Lancashire Railway
The East Lancashire Railway was formed by an amalgamation of several railway lines in the North-West, including the Liverpool, Ormskirk & Preston Railway.
 
Events
The Party in the Square
"The Party in the Square", 4th July 1999. Catering by local restaurateur Paul Heathcote, music by the Silver Bell Jazz Band. Punch and Judy show and the Darrel Edwards Road Show.
Tree Dressing
"Tree Dressing", 31st October 1999. A celebration of trees, including a graceful willow sculpture called "Victorian Lady", by environmental sculptor Sarah Gallagher.
Tree Planting
"Tree Planting" in the Square, 12th April 2001. Mr Robin Miller, the great-great grandson of cotton manufacturer Thomas Miller, plants a tree in Winckley Square.
 
Images
Panoramic View
Panoramic View of Winckley Square
Modern Images of the Northern Side
The buildings of the Northern Side of Winckley Square.
Modern Images of the Eastern Side
The buildings of the Eastern Side of Winckley Square.
Modern Images of the Southern Side
The buildings of the Southern Side of Winckley Square.
Modern Images of the Western Side
The buildings of the Western Side of Winckley Square.
Modern Images of the Gardens
Views of the Winckley Square gardens.
The Party in the Square - Images
Images from the "Party in the Square", 4th July 1999.
Tree Dressing - Images
Images from the "Tree Dressing", 31st October 1999.
Tree Felling - Images
Images from the "Tree Felling in the Square", 30th January 2008.
 
Information
Find Us
How to find Winckley Square by train, bus or car.
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St Catherine's Hospice
The essence of Hospice care is improvement in the quality of life.
St Catherine's Hospice - Appeals
To meet its financial commitments, the hospice has to raise £3 a minute!
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Local News
Avenham and Miller Parks Restoration
Preston City Council wishes to refurbish and restore the above Parks.
 
Winckley Notes
The Black Horse
The Black Horse Pub, Friagate, Preston.
The Ducketts of Preston
A peom about The Ducketts of Preston by the Preston poet, Jake Jackson.
The Winckley Race
"The Winckley Race" by the Preston poet, Jake Jackson.
 
Press Notices
Lancashire Evening Post, 18th March 1988
The End of an Era.
Lancashire Evening Post, 25th October 1999
Best-dressed tree in town!
Lancashire Evening Post, 3rd November 1999
Tangling with the rites string...
Lancashire Evening Post, 26th February 2001
The building used only by women for over 100 years.
Lancashire Evening Post, 10th April 2001
Parking plan limit is a threat to thriving firms.
Lancashire Evening Post, 12th April 2001
Firms quash bid to curb parking.
Lancashire Evening Post, 13th April 2001
A Miller returns back to his roots.
Lancashire Evening Post, 3rd September 2001
H-avenham?
Lancashire Evening Post, 17th January 2002
The shamed mayor a town tried to forget.
Lancashire Evening Post, 15th May 2002
Passion for the Past.
Lancashire Evening Post, 17th June 2002
It's hip to be Square in city's new apartments.
Lancashire Evening Post, 8th July 2002
Treasure hunt for park's glory days.
Lancashire Evening Post, 10th July 2002
Potted history brings past to life
Lancashire Evening Post, 7th August 2002
Wooden Heartless. Vandals deface timber statue at new canal link.
Lancashire Evening Post, 28th August 2002
The gates open on a new era for city parks.
Lancashire Evening Post, 29th August 2002
Exclusive flats plan for college's annexe
Lancashire Evening Post, 17th September 2002
Move to ease canal link safety fears
Lancashire Evening Post, 21st September 2002
Margaret launches our missing Link!
Lancashire Evening Post, 1st January 2003
Preston's hidden church
Lancashire Evening Post, 31st January 2003
Council paves way for an 'ugly' future?
Lancashire Evening Post, 7th March 2003
Cotton tales. The days when “dark satanic mills” dominated the skyline and working life of Preston have been revisited in a new book by former engineer turned teacher Colin Dickinson.
Lancashire Evening Post, 2nd April 2003
Preston's historic quarter has been given a boost after planners agreed to allow the conversion of a former college annexe into plush apartments.
Lancashire Evening Post, 4th April 2003
£10,000 just to park. It will cost £200 a week to leave your car at new executive flats.
Lancashire Evening Post, 29th September 2003
Living for today with past glories
Lancashire Evening Post, 7th November 2003
Outrage over plan for addicts’ hostel
Lancashire Evening Post, 22nd March 2004
Call for inquiry in row over drug rehab centre
Lancashire Evening Post, 5th August 2004
£7 Million Dream for City’s Green Heart
Lancashire Evening Post, 18th August 2004
City too-slickers?
Lancashire Evening Post, 20 October 2004
£7m parks dream is now a step closer
Lancashire Evening Post, 29th October 2004
Plush flats plan for historic site
Lancashire Evening Post, 25th January 2005
Vision of Avenham
Lancashire Evening Post, 31st January 2005
Want to be a mill-ionaire?
Lancashire Evening Post, 22nd February 2005
Meet the man with designs on Avenham
Lancashire Evening Post, 24th May 2005
Old school conversion gets nuns' blessing
Lancashire Evening Post, 16th June 2005
£1 Billion Rebirth
Lancashire Evening Post, 17th June 2005
£800m river vision is future of Ribble
Lancashire Evening Post, 28th June 2005
Canal Knowlwdge
Lancashire Evening Post, 03rd December 2005
We won't pay
Lancashire Evening Post, 24th February 2006
Park's musical memories
Lancashire Evening Post, 24th February 2006
Missing out on the e-list
Lancashire Evening Post, 27th February 2006
Vandals smash pieces of history
Lancashire Evening Post, 11th March 2006
The Last Stand
Lancashire Evening Post, 28th March 2006
Friends are reunited
Lancashire Evening Post, 26th June 2006
Cost of vandalism addsup to £750,000 a year
Lancashire Evening Post, 26th July 2006
Green and pleasant land?
Lancashire Evening Post, 4th August 2006
Preston's parks: The green grass of home
Lancashire Evening Post, 7th August 2006
Work starts on £5m park redevelopment
Lancashire Evening Post, 12th October 2006
The grand homes of Preston's past
Lancashire Evening Post, 8th December 2006
Floodlight plan to halt parks vandalism
Lancashire Evening Post, 18th December 2006
Little stars light up in twinkly square
Lancashire Evening Post, 19th June 2007
Winckley Square in line for a revamp
Lancashire Evening Post, 18th January 2008
Designers compete to redesign park
Lancashire Evening Post, 30th January 2008
Thirteen trees are being chopped down at Winckley Square, Preston
Lancashire Evening Post, 19th February 2008
Preston Park set to sparkle again
Lancashire Evening Post, 19th February 2008
Square deal to polish city's crowning glory
Lancashire Evening Post, 24th May 2008
£1.4M Black Hole may hit parks revamp
Lancashire Evening Post, 28th May 2008
Expert Slams Square Revamp
Lancashire Evening Post, 29th May 2008
City park revamp may never happen
Lancashire Evening Post, 29th May 2008
Bridge idea to link city with parks
Lancashire Evening Post, 28th June 2008
Auditors to examine park failings
Lancashire Evening Post, 3rd February 2009
All-round view of a square plan. Work has been carried out on Preston's historic Winckley Square to discover what lies beneath it.
Lancashire Evening Post, 12th February 2009
Council warns it may force square deal. City leaders are planning a land grab to take complete ownership of Winckley Square, it can be revealed today.
Lancashire Evening Post, 3rd September 2009
Healthy trees face axe in park. Dozens of healthy trees have been earmarked for felling as part of plans to restore an historic Preston park to its Victorian glory.
Lancashire Evening Post, 20th October 2009
Square battle on the cards. Conservation campaigners are mounting a protest by bombarding planning bosses with thousands of picture postcards of a threatened city square.
Lancashire Evening Post, 11th November 2009
Group campaigns against cheap square plans. Conservation campaigners are mounting a protest by bombarding planning bosses with thousands of picture postcards of a threatened city square.
Lancashire Evening Post, 20th November 2009
Square's trees face the axe in revamp. One seventh of the trees in Winckley Square are set to be felled for "design reasons" as part of a £3m revamp.
Lancashire Evening Post, 20th November 2009
Square battle on the cards. Conservation campaigners are mounting a protest by bombarding planning bosses with thousands of picture postcards of a threatened city square.
Lancashire Evening Post, 1st December 2009
Vision for square is a 'carbuncle'. Plans to revamp Preston's Winckley Square have been described as a "totem carbuncle on the face" of the city. Lib Dem Councillor Mark Jewell has submitted objections along with the Lib Dem group to aspects of the plan.
Lancashire Evening Post, 2nd December 2009
Hundreds object to square's revamp plans. Conservation campaigners are mounting a protest by bombarding planning bosses with thousands of picture postcards of a threatened city square.
Lancashire Evening Post, 9th November 2010
No Chance, No Hope. Winckley Square Revamp Scapped. Because of savage budget cuts being forced on town halls by the Government, council chiefs have now revealed there is NO chance of finding cash for the project and NO hope of it going ahead.
Lancashire Evening Post, 31st January 2011
We'll buy historic square, says boss. The leader of cash-strapped Preston Council has said it is buying up chunks of land on the city's historic Winckley Square.
Lancashire Evening Post, 10th February 2011
Security stepped up at listed park monument. A historic part of a Preston park is to get extra protection after being repeatedly targeted by vandals.
Lancashire Evening Post, 1st March 2011
In defence of the city square. Jeremy Coates, managing director of Magma Digital, decided in January 2011 to move the business to Winckley Square in Preston city centre.
Lancashire Evening Post, Monday 10th October 2011
"Green paper" for city square
Lancashire Evening Post, Thursday 20th October 2011
Plans to redevelop Winckley Square spring back into action
Lancashire Evening Post, Thursday 20th October 2011
Lottery cash awarded to help revive Preston\'s Winckley Square

The Citizen, 4th November 1999
I see Trees.
The Citizen, 11th November 1999
Secret Arts.
The Citizen, 2nd December 1999
Willow stolen from Square.
The Citizen, 5th April 2001
Back to his roots. Miller's successor returns for historical tour.
The Citizen, 19th September 2002
The multi-million pound Ribble Link opened by Margaret Beckett, MP.
The Citizen, 6th October 2005
City living hits £1 million mark.
The Citizen, 17th January 2006
Park life for homeless trio
The Citizen, 4th October 2007
Hospice: Project starts
The Citizen, 4th October 2007
Artistic accounts
The Citizen, 11th October 2007
Competition on to design ancient square

Prestonian, Spring 2000
Return of the Winckley Square Willow Sculpture.

Reporter, May 2002
Italian bridge plan sinking in troubled waters.
Reporter, May 2003
"Eyesore" factory set for revamp. Ambitious plans to turn one of Preston’s most famous factories into flats have been unveiled.
Reporter, June 2002
New canal link will be completed on time next month.

Telegraph, February 2006
Nicholas Swarbrick, Merchant Navy radio operator for the Atlantic convoys of the First World.

 
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