The Northern Side of Winckley Square

The oldest houses of the square are on this northern side.

At the corner of Chapel Street and Winckley Square is the property now numbered 1a Chapel Street. This was the home of Mr Edward Gorst and his family. It then became the premises of the Preston High School for Girls before they were transferred to the former Miller Residence at No 5 Winckley Square.

No's 1-3 are now St Wilfrid's Presbytery. No 1 was built in 1801, one of its owners being Mr Richard Newsham who, on his death in 1883, bequeathed his entire art collection to the Borough of Preston. This can still be seen in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

No 4 This, the second house to be built in the Square was the home of Mr Nicholas Grimshaw. He was seven times the Mayor of Preston, including twice the Guild Mayor in 1802 and 1822, a year marred by tragedy, for two of his sons and two of their friends were drowned in a boating accident on the River Ribble. Here, for a period, was the Preston and County Catholic Club.

This is the end of your Walk Around Winckley Square. We do hope you have enjoyed it.

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