A Walk Around Winckley Square, Preston
Winckley Square lies behind Fishergate, one of Preston's main shopping streets. Its undulating gardens form a pleasant space only yards away from the ceaseless bustle of traffic. To reach the square, proceed along Fishergate to Winckley Street.
Plan of Winckley Square, Butler Street

The walk and notes begin at the very last building on the left-hand side of Winckley Street, now numbered: 


11 Winckley Street, was the first house to be built in the Square, by William Cross in 1799 for his own occupation. When, in 1813, Mr Cross removed to Red Scar, this house was taken over by the Addison family of Preston, and during their tenancy became the first private house in Preston to be lit by gas. Now turn left and proceed to -

No 5 Winckley Square was once the residence of Mr Thomas Miller, of the cotton firm, Horrocks Miller, who built the house on the garden of the present No 11 Winckley Street, and also demolished houses in Butler's Court, off Fishergate, to accommodate it. You can still see his initials carved into the stonework. On the death of Thomas Miller in 1865, his son, Thomas Horrocks Miller, who lived at Singleton Park in the Fylde, inherited the house. In 1905 he leased the building ,which became, first, the privately-owned Preston High School for Girls and then, in 1918, the Junior Department of Preston Park School. The pupils were known as "Winckles".

Continue the walk on The Eastern Side of Winckley Square.

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