City and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England
coordinate location
point in time
142.22 square kilometre
official website
flag image
coat of arms image
local dialing code
Commons category
Preston, Lancashire
Commons gallery
Wikimedia Commons URL
page banner
Wikipedia creation date
Wikipedia incoming links count
Wikipedia opening text
Preston /ˈprɛstən/ (listen) is a city and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England, on the north bank of the River Ribble. The City of Preston local government district obtained city status in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Preston has a population of 114,300, the City of Preston district 132,000 and the Preston Built-up Area 313,322. The Preston Travel To Work Area, in 2011, had a population of 420,661 compared to 354,000 in the previous census. Preston and its surrounding area have provided evidence of ancient Roman activity, largely in the form of a Roman road which led to a camp at Walton-le-Dale. The Angles established Preston; its name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement" and in the Domesday Book is recorded as "Prestune". In the Middle Ages, Preston was a parish and township in the hundred of Amounderness and was granted a Guild Merchant charter in 1179, giving it the status of a market town. Textiles have been produced since the mid-13th century when locally produced wool was woven in people's houses. Flemish weavers who settled in the area in the 14th century helped develop the industry. In the early-18th century, Edmund Calamy described Preston as "a pretty town with an abundance of gentry in it, commonly called Proud Preston". Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the spinning frame, was born in the town. The most rapid period of growth and development coincided with the industrialisation and expansion of textile manufacturing. Preston was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, becoming a densely populated engineering centre, with large industrial plants. The town's textile sector fell into terminal decline from the mid-20th century and Preston has subsequently faced similar challenges to other post-industrial northern towns, including deindustrialisation, economic deprivation and housing issues. Preston is the seat of Lancashire County Council, houses the main campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is home to Preston North End F.C., a founder member of the Football League and the first English football champions.
Wikipedia redirect
Preston Origins
Preston Guild
The weather in Preston
Newsham, Lancashire
History of Preston, Lancashire
Preston Guild Merchant
Preston, Lancashire, England
Wikipedia URL
Wikivoyage URL
archINFORM location ID
Freebase ID
GeoNames ID
Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana ID
Library of Congress authority ID
OpenDomesday settlement ID
Vision of Britain place ID
named as
Preston, Lancashire
Vision of Britain unit ID
named as
Preston CP/AP
subject has role
Who's on First ID
external links