10 interesting facts about Preston
A modern city that wears its Roman and Anglo-Saxon roots on its sleeve, Preston is a fine place to spend a weekend or longer. What’s more, the Lancashire city has plenty of impressive facts to its name. Here are just 10 of them:
The Preston By-pass, which is now part of the M6, was built in 1958 and was the first British road to be built to motorway standards. It was a little over eight miles long and ran from Bamber Bridge to Broughton.
Preston North End may not be thought of as a giant of English football today, but they won the league and FA Cup in 1889 without losing a game all season. Only Arsenal (in 2004) have completed a top-division league campaign unbeaten since.
Referring to abstention from alcohol, the first recorded use of the phrase ‘teetotal’ was at a Preston Temperance Society meeting in 1833. You don’t have to be teetotal to visit though, as the number of quality pubs and bars in the city demonstrates.
In May 1965, Prestonians became the first people outside the US and Canada to tuck into Kentucky Fried Chicken. Today, there are three KFCs in central Preston.
You read that correctly – the notorious American outlaw’s father Maximillian lived in Preston. It’s even said that Butch had a Lancashire accent!
This year marks exactly two centuries since a chain of gas pipes was used to illuminate Preston. In a move that would probably not comply with today’s gas safety standards, some of the pipes were made from musket barrels.
Childhood comic favourites Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids were created by Leo Baxendale, who was born, brought up and educated in Preston. He was an artist for the Lancashire Evening Post before his well-known work for The Beano.
How long is it since you last used a payphone? You can rediscover their charm with a row of eight iconic red telephone boxes, considered by many to be a hallmark of Britishness, on Market Street in Preston. The city wants to keep the boxes there, but recent years have seen talk of repurposing them.
Built in the late 1960s, modern architectural charity The Twentieth Century Society has described Preston’s distinctive bus station as “one of the most significant Brutalist buildings in the UK.”
What better place to wind down after a pulsating day in Preston than at the Preston Leyland hotel? The hotel combines a stylish contemporary design with the ideal location.
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