Visit Preston and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Preston, Lancashire. It was at the Battle of Preston in 1648 that Cromwell inflicted a decisive defeat on the Royalist forces. Milton, devout propagandist of the Lord Protector, mentions the event at the River Darwen, “with blood of Scots imbrued”. In the 18th century Preston was associated with another kind of battle - the Industrial Revolution's consequences. The introduction of machinery lessened the demand for hand-labour and, combined with bad harvests and the Corn Laws, brought riots and demands for the destruction of machinery. Richard Ark-wright, who was born at Preston in 1732, invented the spinning-frame (1769) to cheapen cotton production but had to remove to Nottingham first to avoid the attacks that drove Hargreaves out of Lancashire. Another northerner, John Horrocks, set up the first cotton mill in Preston, and the town became an important centre of the industry.
St George's Church is early 19th-century and was rebuilt in 1884. St Peter's was designed by Rickman in 1832-5 in Gothic style, with the spire added later. It has flying buttresses outside and many cusps in the interior design.
Nearby towns: Bacup, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Chipping, Clitheroe, Leyland, Lytham, Poulton-le-fylde, Southport, Wigan
Nearby villages: Adlington, Balderstone, Bamber Bridge, Belmont, Bispham, Blackburn, Bretherton, Brinscall, Catterall, Cherry Tree, Coppull, Cottam, Croston, Darwen, Esprick, Euxton, Farington, Feniscowles, Freckleton, Fulwood, Goosnargh, Great Eccleston, Grimsargh, Heapey, Hesketh Bank, Hoghton, Hutton, Inglewhite, Inskip, Kirkham, Lea Town, Leyland, Longton, Lower Darwen, Mawdesley, Mellor, Moss Side, Much Hoole, Penwortham, Preston, Ribchester, Rivington, Roddlesworth, Samlesbury, Sollom, St. Michaels on Wyre, Tarleton, Walton le Dale, Whitechapel, Whitewell, Wilpshire, Withnell, Woodplumpton, Wrea Green
Have you decided to visit Preston or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Preston bed and breakfast (a Preston B&B or Preston b and b)
- a Preston guesthouse
- a Preston hotel (or motel)
- a Preston self-catering establishment, or
- other Preston accommodation